Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays. He says that Genesis Cabrera, Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez are headed to St. Louis. The Rays are also expected to receive international bonus money in the deal.
Pham, 30, is hitting .248/.331/.399 this year. It’s a disappointment following his outstanding 2018 season in which he hit .306/.411/.520 with 23 homers and garnered some MVP votes. A change of scenery may do him some good while also freeing up playing time for Harrison Bader in the Cardinals’ outfield rotation which has been somewhat unsettled for most of the season.
Cabrera is a 21-year-old pitcher, currently in Double-A. Williams is an outfielder, originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round in 2013. He’s played in one big league game and is currently batting .258/.313/.376 at Triple-A Durham. Ramirez is a righty, currently plying his trade in high-A ball.
The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.
Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.
Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.