Carlos Santana Returns To Cleveland Indians in 3-Team Trade

Edwin Encarnacion Heads To Seattle, Yandy Diaz Off To Tampa Bay

Carlos Santana
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The Cleveland Indians have made a trade at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. It did not involve one of their starting pitchers, but an old friend is back with the tribe.

Carlos Santana has racked up some frequent flyer miles in the last couple of weeks. Now Santana can unpack his bags in a familiar place.

Santana returns to Cleveland in a three team trade involving the Indians, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.

After spending 2018 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Santana was traded to the Mariners on Dec. 3. Carlos hit .229 with 24 and 86 runs batted in.

The Indians send first baseman and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle in return. Tampa Bay gets infielder Yandy Diaz from Cleveland and sends first baseman Jake Bauers to the Indians.

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Cash considerations are also apart of this three team trade. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rays send $5 million to the Mariners. Seattle sends $6 million to the Indians.

The trade creates a real log jam at first base for 2019 between Santana, Bauers and Yonder Alonso. Any of the three can replace Encarnacion as the designated hitter. Alonso could also be on the trading block. Bauers could also be a candidate to play in the outfield.

Cleveland also saves over $4 million dollars in salary for 2019 by swapping Encarnacion for Santana. Edwin is scheduled to make $21.67 million in the final year of his contract. Carlos will make $17 million in year two of his three year deal he he agreed to with Philadelphia.

The Indians will also be on the books for only $29 million of Santana’s remaining $35 million on his deal.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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