Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez underwent surgery to repair his ailing right index finger on Tuesday, Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports. The club expects him to be ready for spring training next February.
Sanchez injured his finger back in June while moving a suitcase. He was on the disabled list between June 22 and August 24. In five starts after his return, Sanchez posted a 6.04 ERA over 25 1/3 innings, failing to reach the fifth inning in three of those starts.
Overall, the 26-year-old right-hander ends his 2018 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA and an 86/58 K/BB ratio in 105 innings. Sanchez will enter his second of three years of arbitration eligibility after earning $2.7 million in 2018.
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.