The Seattle Mariners traded American League circuit leader Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees, sources close to the contract told ESPN.
The Mariners include significant amounts in the Encarnacion contract, which includes a $ 20 million club option and a $ 5 million buyout for the 2020 season. In exchange, the Yankees will send the minor league pitcher Juan Then in Seattle. Then 19 years were acquired by the Mariners Yankees in 2018.
Encarnacion, 36, has hit 21 homers this season in 65 games. The Dominican hitter has 18 career homesteads at Yankee Stadium, his second-highest stint in any stadium that he's ever called home (followed by 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.
Encarnacion could also bring more depth to the opposite corner positions, where he played before and where the Yankees need.
In a few days, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge could join this list to complete their rehabilitation work. Stanton should already be back on Tuesday, when the Yankees will face the Rays in the second game of a three-game home series. This weekend, he and the judge play with the triple A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre on their respective injury return.
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 Indians traded him against Carlos Santana and silver in December as part of a three-team deal that also saw Jake Bauers leave Tampa Bay for Cleveland. Encarnacion missed Seattle's last three games with back pain
Since November, the Mariners have unloaded a number of players in the trades: the second baseman Robinson Cano, the close Edwin Diaz, the defender Jean Segura, the southpaw James Paxton, the field player Jay Bruce, the catcher Mike Zunino, field player Ben Gamel and reliever Alex Colome. .
Coley Harvey's ESPN information has been included in this report.