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There is an attendance incentive in Edwin Encarnacion’s contract

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This is not something you see every day: Jon Heyman reports that Edwin Encarnacion‘s new contract with the Indians has a clause via which he can get around $1 million a year extra based on the Indians’ attendance numbers.

It’s not hard to see why the Indians would gladly pay for that. They’ve have had four straight winning seasons and are coming off of a World Series trip, but they have consistently been near the bottom of the league in attendance. They were 28th in the majors in 2016, outdrawing only Oakland and Tampa Bay. They were 29th in both 2014 and 2015. The last time they weren’t either 28th or 29th was 2011, in fact. They have not drawn two million fans since 2008.

Can Encarnacion help boost attendance? It’s hard to see how a single player can move the needle too much by himself. At the same time it may be easy money for him. Even if the Indians do have a lot of trouble drawing people, even after good years, a World Series appearance is a step above that. It, in and of itself is likely going to improve things a good bit, and when it does, Encarnacion can take the cash and credit.

It’s not a major thing of course — his base salary is 20 times any incentive he can get — but it’s interesting all the same.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.