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Complicated Encarnacion trade likely a sign of things to come

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LAS VEGAS – Just when it seemed as though the Winter Meetings might conclude quietly, Seattle, Tampa and Cleveland combined on an intriguing three-team trade that likely foreshadows even more activity around baseball.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised the ever-active Jerry Dipoto found a way to overshadow the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning. After all, it had been a full 10 days since he had made a trade.

He made this one from a hospital bed in Las Vegas, apparently fist-bumping nurses after completing the deal (a blood clot was discovered in Dipoto’s lung, but he’s expected to be released from hospital Thursday).

The trade centres around the exchange of two veteran first basemen on near-identical three-year, $60-million deals as Edwin Encarnacion goes from Cleveland to Seattle in exchange........

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