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Wait, What? Yankees Acquire Seattle Slugger

As the sports world tried to comprehend the crazy Anthony Davis trade, Jeff Passan logged onto Twitter to pour gas on the fire, announcing that the New York Yankees have acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners, in exchange for prospect Juan Then.

The 36-year-old first baseman had a great start in his first season in Seattle, leading the American League with 21 home runs while hitting at a .241/.356/.531 clip. The power-hitting righty adds another big bat to a Yankee lineup that already includes Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. Encarnacion has been one of the best hitters in baseball for years, leading the majors in home runs since 2012. He is owed about $11 million this year, with a $20 million team option next year ($5 million buyout). The two teams are “essentially splitting” the cost, according to Ken Rosenthal.

The Mariners will receive a 19-year-old Dominican pitcher named Juan Then. Then was previously in the Seattle organization, but was shipped to New York in exchange for reliever Nick Rumbelow. He’s yet to pitch this season, but is 2-5 with a 2.67 ERA in his 24 minor league starts to this point.

While the addition of Encarnacion’s bat bodes well for the Yankee offense, it clouds Clint Frazier’s future with the club. The young outfielder has finally seemed to put it together on the offensive end, hitting .291/.340/.533 with 11 home runs in his first everyday role, but with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton coming off the IL soon, Encarnacion all but guarantees his departure from the organization, sooner rather than later. Rumors have been swirling around the Yankees over the possibility of trading for a starting pitcher, with questions marks plastered over the rotation.

Starters Madison Bumgarner, Marcus Stroman, Matthew Boyd, and Max Scherzer (probably not, but let a kid dream) all could be available for trade come July. This trade gives the Yankees flexibility and depth, making a trade all the more likely.

No one knows what the future holds, but one thing is for sure: Encarnacion’s signature parrot will be roaming Yankee Stadium very soon. 

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Adam Koplik

Hi, I’m Adam Koplik. I am entering my junior year in high school in upstate New York, and live and breath sports. Coincidentally, while I love watching, writing, and talking about sports, I am a deer in the headlights when I’m on a field. I am a die-hard Yankee fan, who loves the hate. However, Aaron Boone, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, and Giancarlo Stanton hate is not tolerated. Baseball, and sports as a whole, mean so much to me. From the great moments I’ve witnessed in person, highlighted by the Didi Gregorius AL Wild Card home run, to the bonds baseball has created in my family and friends, I owe so much to the great sport. I understand that the sport has changed, and stats like WAR, wOBA, wRC+, and FIP, are understandably changing the game for the better. As a whole, I hope to pretty much give a different perspective in my writing, from a moderate view on analytics and traditional stats, while also being enjoyable. Hope you enjoy!

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