Seattle Mariners General Manager, Jerry Dipoto, was hospitalized earlier today during Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings. That did not stop him from making a trade though. While hooked up to an IV, Dipoto finalized a deal with the Cleveland Indians to bring in Edwin Encarnacion in exchange for Carlos Santana.
Santana didn’t even have a chance to get a brew from Elm Coffee Roasters.
“We were texting back and forth,” Assistant GM Justin Hollander told MLB.com’s Greg Johns. “Some of the groundwork had been laid. He basically handed me the keys and said, ‘You know what I want to do, roughly. Just check in when you have questions, but go run with it.'”
Encarnacion, a three-time All-Star, is a consistent power threat that looks to fill the hole that is about to be created by Nelson Cruz going to wherever Nelson Cruz is about to go. Over the last seven seasons, Encarnacion has hit over thirty homers and driven in over 100 RBI’s.
Now that he is in a Mariner uniform we should be able to expect his numbers to drastically dip. Because that is what usually happens when a notorious slugger not named Ken Griffey, Jr. or Jay Buhner joins the squad.
Update: It is unclear if Encarnacion is going to stay with the Mariners or not. It appears that the Mariners don’t even know what they are going to do with him.