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Edwin Encarnacion | Designated Hitter | #10

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 9 (0) / TEX
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Indians signed 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract with a $25 million club option for 2020.
The contract was agreed to before Christmas but not finalized until Encarnacion passed his pre-signing physical on Wednesday. He will be officially introduced by the Indians at a press conference Thursday morning in Cleveland. The soon-to-be 34-year-old brings a big-time middle-of-the-order presence to the defending American League champs, having tallied 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games last season for the Blue Jays. He boasts a stellar .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years. This is the largest free agent contract in the 116-year history of the Indians franchise. Jan 5 - 9:05 AM

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Edwin Encarnacion's three-year, $60 million deal with the Indians won't be complete until he passes his physical on Tuesday.

It's just a formality. Encarnacion hasn't been on the disabled list in two years, making it very unlikely that his physical would uncover any health issues. Assuming the physical goes as planned, the Indians will hold a press conference to officially announce the signing. Encarnacion also received offers from Oakland and Toronto before choosing Cleveland.
Jan 2 - 1:32 PM

Edwin Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, told MLB Network Radio on Friday that his client turned down a "(Yoenis) Cespedes-type" offer from the Athletics.

He's presumably referring to the three-year, $75 million contract Cespedes signed with the Mets last offseason, not the four-year, $110 million deal he received this winter. Encarnacion wound up taking $65 million guaranteed from the Indians, with Kinzer noting that the slugger didn't want his family in the Dominican Republic to have to travel to the West Coast. It also surely helps that the Indians should contend in 2017 and the A's likely won't.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 01:02:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Indians have landed Edwin Encarnacion on a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year.

The deal is worth $60 million guaranteed, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The club option for 2020 is worth $25 million and carries a $5 million buyout, so the deal could max out at $80 million. While it might not be the deal that many expected for Encarnacion at the start of the winter, it's a tremendous move for the Indians. This franchise doesn't typically go this route with free agents, but they are positioned to win right now. Encarnacion, who turns 34 next month, will essentially fill the spot that free agent Mike Napoli had in 2016. Encarnacion turned down a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, so the Indians will surrender their first-round pick (No. 25 overall) in 2017.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 08:51:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians and Athletics are the strongest suitors for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Per Rosenthal, the Indians are offering three years and a possible option while the Athletics have discussed two years with an option. The Rangers, Rockies, Astros, and Blue Jays have also been mentioned in recent reports. The bidding war for the best hitter on the free agent market has suddenly erupted and it appears that a resolution could be close. Almost every report mentions the Indians are pushing very hard, so perhaps they can be considered slight favorites right now. Jose Bautista, Mike Napoli, Chris Carter, and Mark Trumbo provide solid fallback options for the teams that miss out on Encarnacion.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 08:25:00 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Edwin Encarnacion's agent is indicating to some executives that he is getting closer to a deal.

Meanwhile, a source tells Chris Cotillo of SB Nation that Encarnacion's camp is hopeful that a deal will be completed before the weekend. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Sirius XM reported Wednesday evening that the Indians, Rangers, Astros, Athletics, and Blue Jays have all made multi-year offers. It's believed that some of those offers include opt-outs after 2017, but it's possible he could get the multi-year contract he wants if there's enough interest here. The rest of the first base/DH/outfield market should settle into place once Encarnacion goes off the board.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that at least five teams have made multi-year offers to free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

He cites the Indians, Rangers, Astros, Athletics, and Blue Jays as the known teams. Two of these teams have been especially active in negotiating with Encarnacion's agent. Other recent sources have mentioned the Rockies and Cardinals as potential suitors as well. Encarnacion declined a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jays early in the offseason, thereby tying himself to draft pick compensation that has already had a negative effect on his value. He also turned down a four-year, $80 million offer from the Blue Jays last month. That may have been a mistake, as the recent offers are believed to be mostly three-year deals. Some offers have included an opt-out clause after the first year, like the Yoenis Cespedes deal from last winter. Encarnacion is the best bat on the free agent market. Teams have been reluctant to commit to the likes of Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, Chris Carter, and Mike Napoli until they know they are eliminated from the Encarnacion sweepstakes.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 07:50:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears from sources that the Indians are "pulling out all the stops" to try to sign free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Encarnacion is a perfect fit for the Indians on the surface, so it's not a surprise that they continue to have interest, but questions remain about whether they'll make a big enough bid in order to get a deal done. It's out of character for them to pay for big-name free agents, but they are in their prime window of opportunity. Heyman hears that the Indians have also made offers to some of the other free agent first baseman/DH-types, including Mike Napoli. As for Encarnacion, his agent Paul Kinzer told Heyman on Wednesday that his client has received three- and four-year offers from at least five different teams.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Edwin Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Wednesday that he has received multi-year offers from six teams.

It's unclear how many of those offers are currently on the table. When asked if Encarnacion could still land a deal in the range of four years and $80 million, Kinzer said that it's possible, but that most of the offers have been in the range of three years. He also said that "the realization that he probably won’t be a Blue Jay" is beginning to sink in with his client. Teams like the Rangers, Athletics, and Rockies have been linked to Encarnacion in recent days, but his market remains cloudy.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:23:00 AM

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he is "keeping track" of the markets for free agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo.

"We're certainly keeping track," said Bridich. "It would be stupid of us not to keep track." Colorado signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million free agent contract during the Winter Meetings and lefty reliever Mike Dunn was brought in on a three-year, $19 million deal last week, but the club is apparently not done spending. Adding a bat could free up an outfielder to trade for much-needed starting pitching help. It has been a slow-moving offseason for both Encarnacion and Trumbo, but we'd expect some dominoes to begin falling soon in the 1B/DH department as January approaches.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 07:21:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians have been making offers to right-handed power bats like Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli and Chris Carter, but are only looking to sign one of them if it's at a discount.

The Indians aren't in a position to be paying above market value for these sluggers, but at a discount they would certainly welcome one of them in to play first base and mash in the middle of their lineup. The Rangers and Athletics have also expressed interest in Encarnacion in recent days.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:36:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers have inquired with Edwin Encarnacion's agent regarding his asking price.

No word about an official offer being presented yet. The market for Encarnacion seems to be heating up as several teams have been mentioned in recent rumors about the free-agent slugger. Perhaps his hefty asking price has dropped into a range teams might actually consider. The Rangers have always looked like a logical fit. Encarnacion is attached to draft pick compensation after declining a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, which serves as a brake on his value.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 10:04:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports that the Athletics are considering a run at free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Signing an expensive free agent target like Encarnacion would be out of character for the Athletics, but they are at least discussing it with his market not as robust as originally expected. Heyman hears that Encarnacion is drawing interest from several teams, though maybe not at the lofty price tag he was originally hoping. It's worth noting that the A's finished with one of the 10-worst records in MLB in 2016, so they wouldn't surrender a first-round pick if they were able to actually sign Encarnacion.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 08:52:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that he hasn't closed the door on free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

It will all come down to dollars and Daniels doesn't sound inclined to break the bank. He stressed that it would need to be the "right fit" and "right situation" in order for them to do it. That "right situation" could be if Encarnacion's market continues to sag, but he's obviously waiting things out in hopes of finding the lucrative contract he desires. His agents could get creative at some point, perhaps emulating the Yoenis Cespedes contract from last winter, which included an opt-out after one season. That could open up all sorts of possibilities, including the Indians.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Cardinals have not contacted Edwin Encarnacion's representatives at this point.

A report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that the Cards could target sluggers such as Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo following the Dexter Fowler signing. However, general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that right now he's looking more at complementary pieces at this point, suggesting a run at Encarnacion or Trumbo is unlikely. However, with Encarnacion's market in particular looking like it's fallen, some teams that hadn't been in on the bidding could jump in.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Guillermo Quiroz
5Erik Kratz
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Chris Colabello
3Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Ryan Merritt
8Cody Anderson
9Travis Banwart
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Kyle Crockett
7Hoby Milner
8Joseph Colon
9Austin Adams
10Nick Goody
11Adam Plutko
12Perci Garner
13Shawn Armstrong
14Steve Delabar