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.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.
The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.
Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.
The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.
Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.