Meetings End With Major League Moves

Baseball’s Winter Meetings came to a close on Thursday, and the Mariners made a couple of major league moves. Neither is likely to impact the Tacoma Rainiers.

Seattle moved recently acquired veteran Carlos Santana back to one of his previous clubs, the Cleveland Indians, in a three-team deal. The M’s received veteran designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and a compensatory draft pick (No. 77 overall, between the 2nd and 3rd rounds).

Encarnacion is a fun player to watch, but there are already rumors that he – like Santana – will never suit up for the M’s. There are probably contending teams in the American League that would be willing to give up a prospect or two to get him.

The Rule 5 Draft is the official end of the Winter Meetings ever year, and the Mariners took a right-handed relief pitcher named Brandon Brennan. He was in the White Sox system last year, and the Mariners tried to sign him as a minor league free agent but he inked with the Rockies instead. So the M’s said screw it, we’ll grab him in the Rule 5 Draft. Now the Mariners have to keep him in the major leagues all season, or else offer him back to the Rockies.

That’s it from Vegas. A pretty quiet Winter Meetings, overall. The big fish (Harper, Machado) are still out there, unsigned.

Links:

  • Here’s the Seattle Times story on the acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion. General Manager Jerry Dipoto orchestrated this trade from a hospital bed in Las Vegas as he became ill during the trip.
  • The paper also has a story explaining why trading Kyle Seager is very difficult, due to a contract issue.
  • Here’s the story on Rule 5 pick Brandon Brennan.
  • Baseball America has the complete results of the Rule 5 Draft, including the minor league phase in which the M’s lost a couple of guys – most notably Double-A outfielder Chuck Taylor.
  • Shannon Drayer has a look at the offseason programs the Mariners have been putting their minor leaguers through. In particular, I like the idea of Game Calling University for the catchers.
  • The Baseball Trade Show always generates a fun Winter Meetings article. This year we have the columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal wandering the aisles with longtime major leaguer Jerry Reuss.
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