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MLB Trade Rumors: The Rays have inquired on Edwin Encarnacion

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As well as utility player Yandy Diaz

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly contacted the Cleveland Indians about acquiring 1B/3B Edwin Encarnacion or 3B Yandy Diaz, per a report from Paul Hoynes, the Indians beat writer for Cleveland.com:

One of those directions is a potential trade for Edwin Encarnacion or Yandy Diaz. Teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays have asked about them and the Indians are listening.

The Rays are all too familiar with Encarnacion, as he became a household name during his days with the Toronto Blue Jays, laying siege to opposing pitching staffs.

A 14-year MLB veteran, Encarnacion signed a 3 year, $60M contract with the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2017 season. Encarnacion is set to make just shy of $22M in 2019, with a $25M option/$5M buyout for the 2020 campaign.

In 2018, Encarnacion had his worst offensive season since 2011, but still produced a slash of .246/.336/.474 with 32 HR over 579 plate appearances (115 wRC+) receiving most of his playing time as Cleveland’s designated hitter.

Diaz is lesser known than Encarnacion but put up a similar wRC+ during his 40 games for Cleveland this past season. The 27-year old hit .312/.375/.422 with 1 HR over 120 plate appearances, while displaying an above average ability to draw walks.

According to a Baseball America scouting report done on Diaz following the 2016 season, Diaz is a plus defender who can play all around the infield and the outfield.

Diaz was primarily a second baseman in Cuba but moved to third base after signing with the Indians. He developed into an above-average defender at his new position, but the Indians began moving him around in 2016 to give him more versatility.

He appeared at both second and third base and at all three outfield positions. Diaz’s versatility gives him a chance to at least be a super-utility player...

Diaz still has an option left and is under contract through the 2024 season.