Seattle Mariners' Edwin Encarnacion runs back to the dugout in celebration after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Minneapolis. ESPN's Jeff Passan first reported the trade Saturday evening on Twitter, and the club officially announced the trade several hours later.
Encarnacion, 36, has hit no less than 34 home runs in a season since 2012 and now leads the American League with 21 dingers in 2019.
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The veteran journeyman is slashing.241/.356/.531 with 49 RBIs, a 19% strikeout rate, a would-be career-high 14.2% walk rate, .370 wOBA (18th in AL), 139 wRC+ (12th in AL), and 1.7 wins above replacement (29th in AL; FanGraphs).
The Yankees will reportedly be sending minor league pitching prospect Juan Then in return for Encarnacion.
In order to replace Encarnación, who had been the team's primary first baseman, the Mariners had to do a little scrambling, and that's a little amusing - to me, at least - since they seemingly had 38 first base-types on the roster at the start of the season (which, to be fair, feels like a lifetime ago).