Yankees Acquire Encarnacion from Mariners
The New York Yankees strengthened a lineup that soon will once again feature Giancarlo Stanton and Arron Judge who both are currently on rehab assignments in Triple-A by trading with the Seattle Mariners for American League home run leader Edwin Encarnacion.
The Mariners received cash considerations and minor league pitcher Juan Then in the trade that finalized Saturday evening.
Encarnacion’s 21 home runs have come in just 65 games this season. Encarnacion featured in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup for several years and is familiar with Yankees stadium hitting 18 career home runs in the park.
Encarnacion will likely become the Yankees regular designated hitter while occasionally playing in the field, but will frequently start in the Yankees lineup.
Stanton and Judge at their rehab assignments with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre are expected back with the Yankees by the middle of next week.
The Mariners continue to build younger assets for the future after moving on from outfielder Jay Bruce, all-star second baseman Robinson Cano, left-hander James Paxton, shortstop Jean Segura, and others since the end of last season from a club that finished just out of the playoffs at 89-73. This season the Mariners are 30-44 and sit ten games out of a wild-card spot.
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