The Seattle Mariners traded American league leader Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees for financial considerations and Juan Minor minor league pitcher Saturday night.
The browsers include significant sums in the Encarnacion contract, which includes a $ 20 million club option and a $ 5 million buyout for the 2020 season, sources told Jeff Passan. ESPN.
Then, a 19 – year – old right – hander from the Dominican Republic returns to the Mariners' organization, to which the Yankees bought it in 2017.
Encarnacion, 36, has hit 21 homers this season in 65 games. The Dominican hitter has 18 career circuits at Yankee Stadium, his second-highest stint in all stages he has never called before, behind Fenway Park.
It remains to be seen how he will enroll in Yankees training. For the moment, it would appear that it will appear in the rotation of the designated hitter. This is a group that recently has been including regulars Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez, as well as Clint Frazier – and any other player needing a partial day off.
"There is always room for good players," manager Aaron Boone laughed before the official announcement of the deal. Boone admitted to hearing "rumors" about the deal during the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
In a few days, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge could join the DH Yankees list, as they complete their re-education missions with Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. Stanton should already be back on Tuesday, when the Yankees will face the Rays in the second game of a three-game home series.
"I do not know what he felt about his situation [in Seattle]But I think everyone is excited to come to the Yankees with the potential we feel we have this year, "said Yankees starter JA Happ, former Encarnacion teammate in Toronto. " It will integrate perfectly in our alignment. Relieving the other guys a bit is a good thing. "
Encarnacion, who missed Seattle's last three games with back pains, could also give more depth to the opposing corner positions, where he has already played and where the Yankees need it.
Gio Urshela became New York's third-leading goalkeeper following the injury to Miguel Andujar's shoulder in April, and Voit appeared at the spring training as a first-baseman coach. Although DJ LeMahieu, shining ground infield player, plays both positions virtually every week under a rotation now that the stop-court Didi Gregorius is back from the injured list, there is really no one else behind Urshela and Voit.
First baseman Kendrys Morales was traded to the Yankees from Oakland last month, but had trouble in the Bronx. Morales has only 0.194 this season, including a three-way match last Tuesday against the Mets.
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After this intense afternoon in the Subway series, Morales was put on the 10-day wounded list with left calf strain. Manager Aaron Boone said earlier this weekend that the relay in IL would be short-lived.
But now that Morales is no longer in the game and his place in the 40-player roster is apparently under threat, Encarnacion could be offered opportunities at first base. At Seattle this season, Encarnacion split the tasks at first and at DH, and he also played a run at second base in a match in the Bronx last month. He has not played third since 2013.
Even though Encarnacion is part of the composition, Happ thinks that it will be an ideal complement to the clubhouse.
"He does not say much, but he works hard and is prepared," said Happ. "These are some of the reasons why I think he's really going to enjoy it here."
This transaction was largely a surprise for Yankees fans, who vocally asked for help in recent weeks. While the Yankees starters are struggling to give up the long ball in the first two games of the series in Chicago this week, this need has become more and more evident.
Encarnacion has recorded 284 of its 401 career circuits since the 2012 season, the record for all players in the league of this period, and is on its way to an eighth consecutive season of at least 30 homers. Over the past seven years, he has had at least 32 circuits and 98 RBIs.
It was his first season in Seattle after the The Indians traded him against Carlos Santana and money in December as part of a three-team exchange that also saw Jake Bauers leave Tampa Bay for Cleveland.
Since November, the Mariners have unloaded a number of players in the trades, including second baseman Robinson Cano, close Edwin Diaz, defenseman Jean Segura, southpaw James Paxton, field player Jay Bruce, catcher Mike Zunino, field player Ben Gamel and reliever Alex Colome.