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Scott Miller of Bleacher Report writes that Edwin Encarnacion "will be flipped" to the Rays.

It should be noted that Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing there is no swap in place at the moment. Encarnacion was just dealt from the Indians to the Mariners in a three-team trade involving the Rays, but it sounds like he won't even get a chance to don a Seattle uniform -- just like Carlos Santana before him. The 35-year-old slugger batted .246/.336/.474 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI over 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. He's due $21.67 million in 2019.
Dec 13 - 1:38 PM

Mariners acquired DH Edwin Encarnacion and a compensatory Round B draft pick from the Indians as part of a three-team trade.

Cleveland is getting Carlos Santana from Seattle and Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay. Yandy Diaz will go to the Rays along with minor league right-hander Cole Sulser. Seattle will receive the No. 77 overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, a competitive-balance pick, from the Tribe. It sounds like the Mariners are already working to flip Encarnacion, possibly to Tampa Bay.
Dec 13 - 1:08 PM

Mariners selected RHP Brandon Brennan from the Rockies with the 13th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

The Rockies had just signed Brennan, a long-time White Sox prospect, to a minor league deal last month. The 2012 fourth-round pick had a 3.25 ERA and a 79/24 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. He's a decent relief option with little in the way of upside.
Dec 13 - 12:56 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand hears that Edwin Encarnacion is not being dealt to the Rays.

This refutes a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Indians, Mariners, and Rays are known to be working toward finalizing a three-team swap, but the full details have not been revealed yet. Initial reports had the Mariners getting Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians in exchange for Carlos Santana, with Cleveland also receiving Jake Bauers from the Rays. Yandy Diaz will reportedly head to Tampa Bay along with minor league right-hander Cole Sulser.
Dec 13 - 12:55 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Edwin Encarnacion is now expected to go to the Rays.

Encarnacion was reportedly headed to the Mariners as part of a three-team swap involving the Indians and Rays, but Seattle is apparently going to now flip him to Tampa Bay. The full details of this trade should be announced within the next hour. The Indians are said to be getting Carlos Santana from the Mariners and Jake Bauers from the Rays. Tampa Bay will apparently receive Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz.
Dec 13 - 12:46 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to the Mariners as part of a three-team swap.

Carlos Santana will head back to the Indians, along with Jake Bauers from the Rays. Tampa Bay is getting Yandy Diaz and a player to be named later. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the rebuilding Mariners are also receiving a compensatory draft pick in this deal. An official announcement should be coming shortly.
Dec 13 - 12:15 PM

The Mariners are in the market for a shortstop because they might want to have J.P. Crawford open the year in Triple-A.

Why would they want Crawford to open the year in Triple-A after trading Jean Segura for him? We're glad you asked. It's because he has exactly one year and 20 days of service time, meaning that if he spends the first month of next season in Triple-A, the Mariners would be able to push back his free agency one year. It'd be a big surprise if he doesn't spend April in the minors. The Mariners could sign a bargain shortstop -- maybe Alcides Escobar, Erick Aybar or Eric Sogard -- to fill in.
Dec 12 - 10:53 AM

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto indicated Tuesday that he would have to be blown away by an offer to trade Mitch Haniger this winter.

"There have been a handful of teams that have taken a handful of passes at Mitch," said Dipoto. "We’re just not willing to go there. We’ve had a handful try, but they haven’t quite gotten to where we would even consider it." Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes that the Mariners "want a sizable player/prospect return of three to four players, including two high level prospects, including a pitcher." Haniger, 27, batted .285/.366/.493 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI over 157 games in 2018. He is currently under team control through 2022.
Dec 11 - 7:27 PM

Hector Gomez of Z Deportes reports that free agent slugger Nelson Cruz is choosing between the Twins and Rays.

Cruz's agent Bryce Dixon has refuted this report, however, telling MLB.com's Jon Morosi that there are still additional teams in the running. The Astros and White Sox have also been mentioned as possible fits. Cruz registered an .850 OPS with 37 home runs and 97 RBI over 144 games this past season with the Mariners. He'll turn 39 years old next July.
Dec 11 - 5:52 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have maintained a "running dialogue" with Nelson Cruz.

The Rays have discussed some contract parameters with Cruz and his agent, Bryce Dixon, says the slugger is interested in Tampa. However, Cruz is also receiving interest from an additional 3-4 teams and is weighing his options. The Astros, White Sox and Twins have also been connected to the 38-year-old.
Dec 10 - 9:40 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Rays have interest in Edwin Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz.

The Indians are looking to unload some payroll, so it's not a surprise that they're willing to part with Encarnacion and the $25 million he's owed between his 2019 salary and 2020 buyout. They'd probably have to eat some of his contract in order to move him, especially to a low-payroll team like the Rays. Diaz won't be arbitration-eligible for a couple years and is thus much cheaper.
Dec 10 - 5:40 PM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Twins are a new team in the mix for free agent slugger Nelson Cruz.

Heyman previously mentioned the Astros, Rays, and White Sox as possible fits. The Twins recently acquired C.J. Cron and also have Tyler Austin around, so it's not a perfect fit, but they could be a darkhorse depending on how his market fares. He's not signing in the National League, so there's only so many places he can go.
Dec 10 - 3:35 PM

Mariners claimed INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels.

Cowart was once a top-100 prospect, but he owns a disappointing .177/.241/.293 batting line over 380 plate appearances in the majors. Interestingly, the Mariners are saying that Cowart will be both a position player and a pitcher in the spring. The 26-year-old has never pitched in professional ball.
Dec 10 - 2:52 PM

Mariners signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract.

Lobaton, 34, appeared in 22 games with the Mets this past season while posting a weak .143/.246/.224 batting line in 57 plate appearances. He's organizational depth at this point of his career.
Dec 10 - 1:47 PM

Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Mariners aren't "especially motivated" to trade Kyle Seager.

Moving Seager makes plenty of sense on paper, but it's hard to believe there would be a ton of interest after he struggled with a career-worst .673 OPS (86 OPS+) this past season. The 31-year-old is also owed $56 million over the next three seasons, with a club option for 2022. Perhaps a deal would be more feasible if he enjoys a bounceback in 2019.
Dec 10 - 1:14 PM


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