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Yankees Getting A.L. Home Run Leader Edwin Encarnacion

June 16, 2019 - 10:15 am

The rich just got a whole lot richer in the American League East.

According to multiple reports, the division-leading Yankees are trading for Edwin Encarnacion, who leads the American League with 21 home runs. (New York catcher Gary Sanchez owns the second-most homers with 20.)

The 36-year-old Encarnacion is in the final year of his three-year, $60 million contract. He was traded from the Indians to Seattle this past offseason, playing primarily at first base for the last-place Mariners. He is hitting .241 with an .888 OPS in 65 games this season.

Encarnacion joins a Yankees lineup that is already one of the most powerful in all the majors, entering Saturday with the ninth-most homers in baseball even without the injured Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. Both Stanton and Judge are currently on rehab assignments in Triple-A.

An added bonus for the Yankees was that the longtime Blue Jay has a history of excelling at Fenway Park, carrying a .915 career OPS with 19 homers.

According to the New York Post, 19-year-old pitching prospect Juan Then is going to Seattle in the deal. The Athletic is reporting that in order to get a higher-end prospect Seattle has agreed to pay half of the remaining $15 million owed to Encarnacion this season.