Yankees acquires Mariners’ Edwin Encarnación

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Yankees acquired a slugger on Saturday night. The team reached an agreement with the Seattle Mariners to acquire Edwin Encarnación.

Besides receiving Encarnación, the Yankees are receiving $8.4 million, according to New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The money will offset the luxury tax that New York will have to pay with this addition.

Former Seattle Mariners First Baseman and Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnación walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Diego Padres
Edwin Encarnación walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Diego Padres (Getty Images)

The Mariners rebuild has begun, as the Encarnación experiment lasted a hand total of seven months. The slugger missed the past three games with back soreness.

He was part of a three-team deal on Dec. 13, 2018 that featured the Mariners, Cleveland Indians, and Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians acquired Carlos Santana, Jake Bauers, and cash.

The Mariners acquired Encarnación, a competitive balance draft pick from the Indians, along with cash. The Rays acquired Yandy Díaz, Cole Sulser, and a player to be named later.

The 36-year-old Dominican Republic native leads the American League with 21 home runs. Now, the Yankees get another bat to add with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, who can hit the ball out of the park at any time.

Encarnación and his new teammate Gary Sánchez are the two home run leaders, as they combine for 41 home runs. Sánchez has 20 home runs.

This season, he has a .241 batting average with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs in 65 games. He has seven doubles on 58 hits, including 48 runs.

With this trade, Encarnación is joining his fifth MLB team. Besides the Mariners, he previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians.

In his career, he has a .263 batting average with 401 home runs and 1,205 RBIs in 1,872 games. He has 354 doubles and 10 triples on 1,763 hits, while scoring 1,047 runs.

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