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Thursday, December 26, 2019

White Sox strike up Christmas Day deal for free agent Edwin Encarnacion, per reports

The White Sox kept their busy winter going on Christmas Day by striking up a deal for veteran free-agent outfielder Edwin Encarnacion. The two sides reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $12 million, which includes a $12 million club option for 2021, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Dominican reporter Yancen Pujols first reported the agreement.

Encarnacion, who turns 37 in January, was ranked No. 25 in our list of Top 50 free agents this offseason. He’ll likely serve as a designated hitter and backup first baseman behind Jose Abreu. Here’s what R.J. Anderson had to say about him entering this offseason:

“Though he didn’t look great in the postseason, he finished the regular season having hit .244/.344/.531 with 34 home runs. One potential red flag: he was underneath the ball far more often in 2019 than usual, resulting in a sky-high launch angle (over 22 degrees) and pop-up rate. Could that be a sign of decaying barrel control? Encarnacion will turn 37 in January, meaning he’ll arrive at camp with “Attrition Risk” written on his forehead until he can prove otherwise.”

For his career, Encarnacion owns an OPS+ of 125 across parts of 15 major league seasons. His 414 career home runs rank 52nd on the all-time list. Last season, White Sox designated hitters combined to bat a meager .205/.286/.356 with 17 home runs in 550 at-bats, so even if Encarnacion endures some decline he should still constitute a hefty upgrade over that 2019 baseline.

The hot stove season acknowledges no holidays.

QLE Posted: December 26, 2019 at 01:41 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, hot stove, white sox

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A position-by-position look at the free agent market

Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason.

Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington.

That worked out pretty well for both team and player. Corbin was a key part of the Nationals’ starting rotation this year, and he threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7 of the World Series, helping the team win its first World Series title.

Now, another offseason is in full swing. It’s hard to say whether teams will be more aggressive in pursuing free agents, hoping to land the next Corbin, but the Atlanta Braves already made a significant move, signing reliever Will Smith away from San Francisco.

A consideration of the free-agent market of the moment.


Friday, November 01, 2019

Yankees Decline 2020 Option On Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion is unlikely to be returning to the Yankees in 2020.

New York acquired Encarnacion from the Mariners in June for a minor league pitcher and some cash. His bat helped the team quite a bit during the regular season, but Encarnacion struggled heavily in the playoffs, especially in the ALCS against the Astros. He seemed completely lost at the plate.

The Yankees announced Thursday that they would not be exercising the club option on Encarnacion’s contract for next season, thus making him a free agent.

This move isn’t too surprising after Encarnacion’s poor showing against Houston. The slugger just couldn’t get his bat going, as he managed just one hit in 18 at-bats in the ALCS. His batting average for the series was a paltry .056.

And now, the hot stove season begins in earnest…..

 

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agency, options, yankees

Friday, September 06, 2019

Yankees put rivalry aside, pay visit to recovering Red Sox legend David Ortiz

The storied rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will continue this weekend at Fenway Park in Boston.

On the field, that is.

Off the field, the rivalry was pushed aside as two Yankees players paid a special visit to Red Sox legend David Ortiz as he continues his recovery from a June 9 shooting in the Dominican Republic that left him hospitalized for six weeks.

...

Shortly after the Yankees arrived in Boston on Thursday, Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez both went to visit David Ortiz at his home.

 

 

QLE Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, edwin encarnacion, gary sanchez

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

LEADING OFF: DeGrom-Scherzer, Encarnación set, Dorian effect

PAIR OF ACES

It’s a marquee matchup when Jacob deGrom starts for the Mets against Max Scherzer at Nationals Park. Washington leads the NL wild-card race, New York is chasing.

DeGrom (8-8, 2.66 ERA) is 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA in three games vs. the Nationals this season. Scherzer (9-5. 2.46) has a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings over two starts since returning from the injured list last month.

Mets catcher Wilson Ramos owns a 25-game hitting streak, the longest active string in the majors.

Mind you, with modern pitcher usage being what it is, anti-climax seems the most likely option….

QLE Posted: September 03, 2019 at 12:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, edwin encarnacion, jacob degrom, max scherzer, randy dobnak, wilson ramos

 

 

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