MLB Rumors: Yankees Set To Acquire Edwin Encarnacion From Mariners

Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Thursday

OK, it was kind of a fair question after the Mariners completed a deal late Saturday that sent first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees for minor-league reliever Juan Then. He has missed Seattle's last three games because of back soreness.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the trade first. He is batting.241/.356/.531 this season.

Encarnacion leads the AL with 21 home runs, so he certainly will provide a boost to the AL East-leading Yankees.

The 36-year-old carries a $20 million base salary this season and NY will hold a $20M club option for 2020 or can exercise a $5 million buyout. In his 15th season, he has hit 401 home runs during a career that also included stints with the Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays.

He will join a crowded DH market in NY.

NY picked up the big bat from Seattle for right-handed pitcher Juan Then and cash considerations. The 19-year-old is rated as New York's No. 27 prospect by MLB Pipeline and projects as a future back-end starter if he develops.

The move may leave many fans scratching their heads in the short term, as the Yankees are set to add both Stanton and Judge to their potent lineup as early as Tuesday.

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