Brent Lillibridge is the White Sox’s new closer?

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Sure, Sergio Santos got the save for the second straight day.

But it was right fielder Brent Lillibridge who closed out the Yankees for the White Sox on Tuesday, making a pair of game-saving catches with two on in a 3-2 game in the ninth.

With one out and runners on first and second, Alex Rodriguez delivered a hard fly to the wall in right that Lillibridge ran down. The utlityman saved the best for last, though, making a diving catch on Robinson Cano’s liner to end the game.

Lillibridge entered the game as a pinch-runner for Carlos Quentin in the seventh inning and remained in for defense. He may well have earned himself a start in Wednesday’s game, though it probably won’t be in right. He’s also acquitted himself quite well offensively in limited action this season. With a single in his lone plate appearance tonight, he’s now hitting .375 with a homer in 16 at-bats.

Report: Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnación from Mariners

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The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.

Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.

Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.