Mariners cap Winter Meetings with big trade
LAS VEGAS -- It took until the final minutes of the Winter Meetings, when Jerry Dipoto wound up signing off on a deal from a hospital bed, but the Mariners lived up to expectations in being one of the few teams to make a trade at the four-day gathering that concluded Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. For Dipoto, the heavy lifting had already largely been done with six trades prior to arriving in Las Vegas, but the Mariners general manager finalized a deal that flipped recently acquired Carlos Santana to the Indians for veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion and a Round B compensatory pick that will give Seattle the 77th overall selection in the 2019 Draft.
Mariners Jerry Dipoto had blood clots in lungs
LAS VEGAS -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was released from a Las Vegas hospital on Thursday afternoon and has been cleared to fly back to Seattle on Friday after dealing with severe chest pains caused by a series of blood clots that had developed in his lungs. The 50-year-old said Thursday night that he's still feeling some chest pains, though he's grateful the issue has now been diagnosed and he'll be able to treat it.
Seattle takes Brandon Brennan in Rule 5 Draft
LAS VEGAS -- Looking for every opportunity to add young talent for their rebuilding efforts, the Mariners selected right-handed reliever Brandon Brennan from the Rockies in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. Brennan, 27, split last year between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization and was recently signed by the Rockies to a Minor League contract. He was 4-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 40 outings (one start) with Birmingham and 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four relief appearances for Charlotte.
Mariners acquire Edwin Encarnacion
LAS VEGAS -- Though Jerry Dipoto closed out the Winter Meetings in a Las Vegas hospital dealing with severe chest pains from blood clots in his lungs, he still managed to pull off a deal before everyone else headed home. The Mariners traded recently acquired first baseman Carlos Santana to the Indians on Thursday for veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion and a Competitive Balance Round B pick in the 2019 Draft.
Scott Servais ready for new Mariners challenge
LAS VEGAS -- For Scott Servais, the goal doesn't change. As the Mariners manager, he's going to do his best to win every possible game this season. But his team? Yeah, that part definitely will be different in 2019. No longer will he be rolling out a lineup anchored by Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Jean Segura. He won't be watching James Paxton starting games, or handing the ball to Edwin Diaz to close them out.
2018 Winter Meetings Insider: Day 2
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