April 17, 2021

Edwin Encarnacion, White Sox agree to 1-year, $12 million deal (ESPN)


Slugger Edwin Encarnacion and the Chicago White Sox have reached agreement on a one-year deal for $12 million with a club option for 2021 at $12 million, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

Dominican Republic reporter Yancen Pujols first reported that Encarnacion, who turns 37 next month, was joining the White Sox.

Encarnacion batted .244 in 109 games last season with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. The Yankees acquired the three-time All-Star from Seattle in June to bolster a lineup sapped by injuries. With cash from the Mariners in the trade, the deal cost New York just $8 million of the $25 million he was owed in 2020, including a $5 million buyout.

Encarnacion was leading the American League with 21 homers at the time, but a strained left oblique limited the first baseman/designated hitter down the stretch. He hit .249 with 13 homers, 37 RBIs and an .856 OPS in 44 regular-season games with New York.

He hit .308 while the Yankees pounded the Minnesota Twins in the AL Division Series, but he slumped badly in the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.

Encarnacion has averaged 37 homers and 106 RBIs since 2012 and helped slug the Toronto Blue Jays to…

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