Seattle Mariners: Who gets flipped and who stays for now?
By Ty Gonzalez
1B/DH EDWIN ENCARNACIÓN
As we touched upon, the trade that brought in Encarnación this past may be some of Dipoto’s best work in his tenure with the Mariners. Flipping Santana for Encarnación may have been a value gain than a loss, as Encarnación maintained a solid on-base presence while providing more power than Santana last season.
Of course, unlike Santana, Encarnación is practically useless in the field and should be looked at more as a designated hitter. That will always hurt E5’s trade value, and may even cut out the National League entirely if no team is comfortable in playing him at first base for a full season.
Still, the Mariners should be able to get a decent lottery ticket prospect or two depending on how much of Encarnación’s $25 million salary they’re willing to eat. It shouldn’t matter if they decide to hold on to him until July or part ways over the next few weeks, as Encarnación has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball and has hit very well in Seattle throughout his career. His value will likely remain the same no matter what.
Potential destinations this Winter: Rockies, Rays, Blue Jays, Astros
Prediction: Traded to the Rockies this offseason.