The Yankees have acquired 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion from the Mariners.https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/06/yankees-acquire-edwin-encarnacion.html
The Yankees have acquired first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion from the Mariners, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link). Right-handed pitching prospect Juan Then is headed to the M’s in the trade, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports, and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale adds that Then is the only player being acquired in exchange for Encarnacion.
It isn’t yet clear how much of Encarnacion’s salary (approximately $9.25MM remaining in salary this season, plus a potential $5MM buyout of a $20MM club option for the 2020 season) is being broken up in the trade. According to Nightengale, Seattle will cover “most” of the money owed, while The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the two teams are “essentially splitting the money.” (Both links to Twitter)
With Encarnacion now in the fold to share first base and DH duties with Luke Voit, the Yankees have further boosted their already-strong lineup to near-Murderer’s Row levels when everyone is healthy. After going through a bit of a down year by his standards in 2018 (though still producing a 115 wRC+), Encarnacion has been back in form in his first season in Seattle, with a .241/.356/.531 slash line and a league-leading 21 homers.