Not long after he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to acquire former Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion in a three-team trade.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had the details of the trade.
So Encarnacion's tenure as a Seattle Mariner will be very short and sweet. The Mariners acquired Carlos Santana from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Jean Segura blockbuster trade completed last week. In flipping Santana to Cleveland and Encarnacion back to Tampa, the rebuilding Mariners clear out more money.
As for the Rays, the front office finally found that slugger they've wanted for quite some time. The addition of Encarnacion comes a day after Tampa signed former Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton to a two-year deal worth $30 million.
Encarnacion is in the final season of a three-year deal worth $60 million, signed with the Indians in the 2016 offseason. He was part of two AL Central division winning teams, but Encarnacion's stats dipped significantly when he left the Toronto Blue Jays for 'The Land'.
Despite a lower batting average and higher strikeout rate in Cleveland, Encarnacion remains one of the most potent sluggers in all off baseball. He's now hit 30-plus homers in seven straight years, with at least 100 RBIs in six of those seasons.
What This Means
The Rays finished with a 90-72 record last season, good for third in the AL East. With a new standout pitcher in Morton and a big time hitter on the way, this team has the chance to make some serious noise and contend for the playoffs.
Cleveland brings back a fan favorite that spent eight years in the organization, all while cutting payroll. And the Mariners clear out even more money as they try to save up, with an eye on the future.
This looks like a clear win-win for all three teams.