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.
Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He describes the club’s interest in Yelich as “strong,” and notes that other teams remain in the mix.
Yelich’s relationship with the Marlins was recently described by his agent as “irretrievably broken” following the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. His agent said Yelich “needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win.” Understandably, teams have been calling the Marlins asking about him.
The 26-year-old hit .282/.369/.439 with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances last season. He’s in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49.57 million contract of which $44.5 million remains. Given how slow the free agent market has been this offseason, it’s difficult to say exactly what he would get if he were to hit the open market, but it is safe to say that his current contract is very much a bargain for his team, which only makes him even more attractive to inquiring teams.
The Brewers are an interesting team to get involved in the Yelich sweepstakes. Their outfield already has three capable players in Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Keon Broxton. Yelich would still be an upgrade, but the Brewers’ resources may be better spent in other areas like the starting rotation.
Given Yelich’s displeasure and Jeter’s insistence on stripping the Marlins bare — including, potentially, the iconic home run sculpture — it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see a trade happen.