News broke on Saturday night that the Seattle Mariners are trading DH Edwin Encarnacion and his 21 home runs to the New York Yankees.
According to Jeff Passan, the Mariners have decided to teardown the 2019 version of the team and build for the future.
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
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mariners will receive pitching prospect Juan Then in return for the 36-year-old power hitter. Then is expected to fit into the organization’s top 20 prospects list.
Encarnacion still owed more than $15M in salary and buyout. Source says #Yankees and #Mariners essentially splitting the money. SEA paid more to get better prospect – pitcher Juan Then, who should move into 15-20 range on SEA top prospects list. First with Then: @Joelsherman1.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 16, 2019
The Yankees have suffered a ton of injuries this season, but are slowly getting healthy with the big bats of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge expected back in the next couple of weeks.
It will be interesting to see where Encarnacion fits into the Yankees lineup or if they have a few more moves planned as we march towards July.
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