In a shocking turn of events, the Seattle Mariners are making one of their players available in a trade. Of course, it comes in the form of 1B/DH Edwin Encarnación, who they just recently acquired from the Cleveland Indians this winter. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are open to offers. However, it doesn’t appear as though Seattle is actively trying to move him.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 20, 2018
This winter, the Mariners have an entirely torn down the roster that just won 89 games a season ago. Robinson Canó and Edwin Diaz play for the New York Mets now. Jean Segura plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. Former ace James Paxton is now pitching in The Bronx. It’s very unlikely Nelson Cruz returns. But then why would Encarnación be next? Like we said, they just brought him into the fold.
Well it’s pretty simple from Seattle’s standpoint. Encarnación is on the books for just over $21 million this coming season, and the Mariners appear bent on slashing all of the payroll before we get to that point. Obviously they’ll have to pay somebody, of course, but the market for Encarnación might not be there. Last season, he hit just .246/.336/.474 with 16 doubles and 32 home runs. The bat clearly isn’t what it used to be, and it’s potentially worrying that his OBP is dipping. But he did still manage to hit 32 home runs, and that’s not nothing.
Will he be with the Mariners by the time the 2019 season begins?