Ryan McMahon, Raimel Tapia, and Carlos Estevez have all been blocked by veterans at their respective positions for the last few years. However, with the departure of DJ LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino, and Carlos Gonzalez, now might be the time for this trio of lower-service-time players. Thomas Harding details how each player performed (or didn’t) in 2018 and can potentially fill in the gaps left by the three free agents, all while providing great quotes from BrainyQuote.com to best illustrate how each player can rise in 2019.
On December 13, the Mariners, Indians, and Rays partook in a three-team trade that centered around Carlos Santana going from the Mariners to the Indians and Edwin Encarnacion going to the Indians from the Mariners. Kevin Henry details what it might take for Encarnacion to then be traded to the Rockies to play first base, where he could potentially be the “big bat” that they are looking for. The downside is that he has been used mostly as a DH for the last few years — only playing 23 games at first in 2018 — but he does have a high offensive upside that might translate well to Coors Field.