Seattle Mariners: Five trade fits for Edwin Encarnacion

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 25: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Chicago White Sox on September 25, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 25: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Chicago White Sox on September 25, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Tampa Bay Rays

While this deal was being reported, there were some reports that the Tampa Bay Rays were going to acquire Encarnacion and not the Seattle Mariners. Even though they didn’t here, Encarnacion as a member of the Rays would make some sense.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a veteran stick with some thunder in the middle of that lineup. Encarnacion could certainly fit that bill. Putting him in a lineup with so many young players like Austin Meadows, Willy Adames and Encarnacion’s former teammate, Yandy Diaz, he can provide some veteran leadership for them.

For Tampa, the fact they can buy him out after next year may be appealing to them as well, since it’s a shorter commitment for a player on a team that doesn’t spend a lot of money. They’ve looked at other bats like Nelson Cruz this off-season in the free agent market, but Cruz may want multiple years, unlike the one the Rays can keep Encarnacion for.

For the Seattle Mariners, the Tampa Bay Rays represent a club that they’ve made two deals with, just this off-season. It’s clearly a club they know and feel comfortable making deals with and there is something to that.