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The Indians make the Edwin Encarnacion signing official

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The deal was struck some time ago, but today the Cleveland Indians officially signed Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract with a club option for 2020. Encarnacion didn’t take his physical until yesterday, thus the delay. He was officially introduced by the Indians at a press conference this morning.

Encarnacion hit 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games last season for the Blue Jays and has been one of the better and more consistent power bats in all of baseball over the last five years. While there were some signs of decline this past season, he’ll still provide a big offensive upgrade for the Indians.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.