UPDATE: I should have known better than to think that Encarnacion was done for the night. He just hit another one, giving him 16 home runs this month. That ties him with Mickey Mantle (1956) as the only American League players to hit 16 home runs in May. Barry Bonds (2001) has the National League record for May with 17. Sammy Sosa (1998) has the all-time record for home runs in any month with 20.
9:01 p.m. ET: Ho-hum. Another day, another home run for Edwin Encarnacion. It’s becoming routine at this point.
That was a beauty. Encarnacion is now up to 17 home runs on the season and has 15 this month alone, which sets a new franchise record for any month. His teammate Jose Bautista set the previous Jays’ record when he hit 14 in June of 2012.
Just to put things into perspective here, Encarnacion has more home runs this month than both the Royals (11) and Cardinals (9). Yes, the entire teams.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.