The Indians have signed 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The deal is worth $60 million with a $5 million option, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The fourth year option is worth $25 million.
Encarnacion was pursued by several teams in the run up to Thursday night’s signing, including the Athletics and Rangers as well as the Astros and Blue Jays.
Encarnacion, 33, hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and an AL-best 127 RBI for the Jays this past season. He, of course, hit the memorable game-winning home run in the AL Wild Card game against the Orioles to send the Jays to the ALDS.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.