It is a day for huge trades in American pro sports. Earlier, we had the Los Angeles Lakers’ long-anticipated acquisition of Anthony Davis. Now, over in baseball, the New York Yankees have made a big splash.
The Yankees are reportedly making a deal for three-time All-Star power hitter Edwin Encarnación. He is being sent over by the Seattle Mariners.
The Dominican star currently leads the American League 21 home runs on the year, along with 49 runs batted in. He’s hitting .241 with a .888 OPS.
ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan broke the Edwin Encarnación trade news on Twitter moments ago.
So far, we don’t know what the Yankees are dealing in return, but they clearly felt the need to bolster an already formidable lineup in a big way.
Edwin Encarnación has been traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Encarnación currently leads the American League with 21 home runs. The Mariners’ teardown is in full bloom and the Yankees get another big bat.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 16, 2019
Encarnación was an All-Star in 2013, 2014, and 2016, when he led the AL in RBIs with 127 as a member of the Yankees’ AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays.
He spent much of his career in Toronto, after starting his career as a Cincinnati Red in 2005. After four years in the NL Central, he was a Blue Jay from 2009-17, and then spent two years as a Cleveland Indian. This was his first season with the Mariners.
The Yankees are currently 41-27 and tied with the Tampa Bay Rays atop the AL East.