Mariners GM feeling better after completing trade from hospital bed
Jerry Dipoto has completed a lot of trades during his tenure as general manager of the Seattle Mariners, but the one he pulled off Wednesday night had to be one of the strangest.
It was not the nature of the deal itself that made the transaction so odd. Instead, it was the location, as Dipoto finalized the trade from a hospital bed.
Dipoto began feeling ill Tuesday evening, and the Mariners decided on Wednesday that Dipoto, in Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings, should be taken to the hospital out of “an abundance of caution,” per The Seattle Times.
So, with assistant general manager Justin Hollander at his side while resting in a hospital bed late Wednesday night, Dipoto put the finishing touches on a three-team deal. The trade was highlighted by the acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians in exchange for Carlos Santana, with the Rays being the other involved party in the transaction.
Hollander has since stated that Dipoto is on the mend.
“He’s feeling better,” Hollander said. “I was just texting with him and his wife, Tamie, said he was feeling better. Hopefully, he gets out of there today and can fly back tomorrow. They are still running tests and getting results. But I would assume it’s nothing serous if they are hopefully going to let him go home today.”
The nature of Dipoto’s condition has been revealed to be blood clots in his lungs.
Prayers and thoughts with #Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto who developed a series of blood clots in his lungs which led to him being submitted to a local hospital in Las Vegas…fortunately he will be released from the hospital today.— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 13, 2018
Hollander went on to reveal that he preserved an image of Dipoto wheeling and dealing from his hospital bed for posterity.
“I have a picture of it,” Hollander said, who then showed The Seattle Times the photo, which features Dipoto in a hospital gown giving a thumbs up from the bed.