The Dodgers are not going to be able to bid on big free agents

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There has been some chatter that the Dodgers, despite their current limbo, would be able to nonetheless be able to bid on big free agents like Prince Fielder. The Rangers, after all, were able to take on Cliff Lee’s salary when they were awaiting a bankruptcy auction, and the thinking then was that, short term costs aside, it was a good thing because it enhanced the team’s overall value.

But apparently that’s not going to be the case for the Dodgers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers will not be able to bid on free agents such as Prince Fielder andAlbert Pujols until the team is sold, a source close to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt told ESPN.com on Wednesday. The team is expected to sell for in the neighborhood of $1.2 billion, the source said, adding the process will likely take 4-6 months, spilling into 2012 and further reducing the Dodgers’ chances of acquiring players through free agency.

Well, at least they got Juan Rivera in under the wire. Go Dodgers.

Mariners, Indians and Rays make a three-way swap

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The Indians, Mariners, and Rays are working toward finalizing a three-team trade. The full details have not been revealed yet, and there are conflicting reports as to who is going where, but we know that Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion are involved.

Initial reports have the Mariners getting Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians in exchange for Carlos Santana, with Cleveland also receiving first baseman Jake Bauers from the Rays. Outfielder/third baseman Yandy Diaz will reportedly head to Tampa Bay along with a player to be named later. There has been a conflict in the past few minutes, however as to where Encarnacion is actually going: Seattle or Tampa Bay. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com says it’s Seattle, Bob Nightengale says it’s Tampa Bay. We’ll know soon enough, I suppose.

Santana played for the Phillies last year and was traded to Seattle just a couple of weeks ago. He’ll never have a chance to wear a Mariners uniform and, instead, will go back to Cleveland, where he played his entire career until 2018. Encarnacion has spent the last two years in Cleveland. Santana is owed $35 million over the next two seasons and has a 2021 buyout. Encarnacion is owed $24 million in 2019 if you include the buyout on his 2020 club option.  If Encarnacion is going to Seattle, you have to figure that the Mariners will flip him in mid-season if possible.