The Seattle Mariners have acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion from Cleveland, sending Carlos Santana back to the Indians as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Tampa Bay Rays, according to multiple reports Thursday.
The Indians will receive first baseman Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay will get third baseman Yandy Diaz from Cleveland, according to the reports. There are also other players to be named and compensation picks reportedly involved in the deal.
Encarnacion, who turns 36 in January, hit .246 with 32 home runs for the Indians last season. He was third in the American League with 107 RBIs. His streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 30 home runs leads all active players.
Encarnacion mostly served as the Indians’ designated hitter in 2018 but also started 23 games at first base. Cleveland ranked 23rd in the majors last season with a .312 on-base percentage from their first basemen. Santana provides an immediate upgrade in that department, as he had a .365 OBP during his eight seasons with the Indians and a .352 OBP with the Phillies.
Overall, he has 380 career home runs with 1,156 RBIs and a .264 batting average.
Santana, 32, signed a three-year, $60 million contract with the Phillies last offseason and has a base salary of $17 million in 2019 and $17.5 million in 2020. His contract has a club option for the 2021 season worth $17.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.
He hit .229 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs in 2018.
Bauers, 23, played 96 games for the Rays as a rookie last season, hitting .201 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs.
The 27-year-old Diaz played in 39 games for the Indians, seeing action at both corner infield positions while hitting .312 with one home run and 15 RBIs.