The Mariners rebuild continues as Ken Rosenthal reports that they have traded Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees.
Encarnacion, a career .263/.353/.498 slugger across 15 seasons with 4 different clubs, recently hit his 400th lifetime homerun. He currently leads the American League in homeruns (21) while the Yankees have had their power zapped due to the absence of All-Star outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
With Voit at first base, it’s likely that Encarnacion will likely be filling rather nicely into the Yankees designated hitter spot. Hitting most of his bombs in the Safeco pitchers haven, Encarnacion will look to pad his walk-year campaign at 36 abus ing the notorious short porch at Yankee Stadium.
Encarnacion is in the final year of his contract that he originally signed with The Cleveland Indians in the 2016 off-season. Edwin will move back East, where he did his most damage as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
It was first reported by Ken Rosenthal and the return as of now is unclear. PSE will keep you updated.
UPDATE #1: Per USAToday’s Bob Nightengale, the Yankees will only pay $10 million of the remaining $20 million on Encarnacion’s contract.
UPDATE #2: Per Joel Sherman, pitching prospect Juan Then is heading back to Seattle. Then was originally signed by the Mariners but traded to New York over the offseason. The 18 year old righty has pitched to a 2.67 ERA his first two years in the lower minors and should slot right into Seattle’s Top-20 prospect list.
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