According to multiple sources, the New York Yankees acquired 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
All that the Yankees gave up for Encarnacion is 19-year-old RHP named Juan Then. Then was acquired by the Yanks from Seattle a couple of years back in the Nick Rumbelow deal, which is neat. The Yankees’ system is chock full of lottery-ticket arms. Then isn’t even a particularly well-regarded one, by most indications. That sounds good to me.
Encarnacion was a part of a series of weird trades this offseason. As a result, Cleveland and Tampa combined to pay $5M of his $20M salary this season.
That leaves $15M that the Yanks and Mariners are reportedly splitting 50/50 ($7.5M). Wow.
UPDATE: The Yankees are responsible for $3.4M in luxury tax dollars, according to Joel Sherman. Cash God.
EE’s contract also includes a $20M club option for 2020 (next year) and a $5M buyout if the Yankees don’t want him back on that salary.
Obviously, this begs the question: where does everyone fit? To open up a 40-man spot, I assume Kendrys Morales will be DFA’d, but something else weird could happen. I don’t know who comes off the MLB roster right now to open a spot for EE. Maybin? Maybe Clint is being shipped for a pitcher soon? But then why are both in this game right now?
UPDATE: Jake Barrett was moved to the 60-day IL to open up a 40-man spot for Encarnacion. No word on the 25-man spot, but my first guess would be Tauchman goes down.
The Yankees’ “A” lineup, when Judge and Stanton return sometime next week, could look something like this:
- 3B DJ LeMahieu
- RF Aaron Judge
- LF Giancarlo Stanton
- C Gary Sanchez
- DH Edwin Encarnacion
- SS Didi Gregorius
- 1B Luke Voit
- CF Aaron Hicks
- 2B Gleyber Torres
With Brett Gardner, Urshela, and Romine on the bench. Plus whatever the deal is with Clint/Maybin. That is bonkers. Simply bonkers. The pitching is starting to falter, so while we wait for that to be addressed, I guess the plan is to do all they can to out-hit their pitching?
I like this move because Edwin Encarnacion is good at baseball so he will make the Yankees better, but I am definitely confused.