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The New York Yankees added another big bat by trading with the Seattle Mariners against Edwin Encarnacion, ESPN Jeff Passan reported Saturday night.
Encarnacion is leading the American League with 21 circuits.
To make things more scary for the rest of the MLB, the Bronx Bombers are about to recover Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge from their respective injuries.
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The 1st, 2nd and 7th most prolific players of the American League (currently) are on the Yankees of New York. (and none of them call themselves Judge and Stanton)
Below, an overview of the projected range of Yankees at full power:
1. DJ LeMahieu (3B)
2. Aaron Judge (RF)
3. Giancarlo Stanton (LF)
4. Gary Sanchez (C)
5. Luke Voit (1B)
6. Aaron Hicks (CF)
7. Edwin Encarnacion (DH)
8. Didi Gregorius (SS)
9. Gleyber Torres (2B)
If this is the case, the ninth Yankees batter will total 14 runs and 33 points with a batting average of .285.
In the field, the addition of Encarnacion is more important for Luke Voit. According to Baseball Reference, Encarnacion started 45 games and totaled nearly 400 innings in first base this season, and Voit led all the AHL winners to first base when the first results were revealed earlier this week.
The first-place loser should compete for the designated hitter alongside Clint Frazier, who has a solid .291 / .340 / 533 slash line, as well as 11 points and 34 RBIs.
While the Yankees managed their injury problems early in the season, they took the best of the AL East 41-27, scoring Encarnacion, Stanton and Judge on several points.