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White Sox Sign Edwin Encarnacion To 1 Year $12 Million

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  • White Sox Sign Edwin Encarnacion To 1 Year $12 Million

    Edwin Encarnacion, White Sox agree to 1-year, $12 million deal

    Edwin Encarnacion and the Chicago White Sox have reached agreement on a one-year deal for $12 million with a club option for 2021 at $12 million.

    Encarnacion batted .244 in 109 games last season with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. The Yankees acquired the three-time All-Star from Seattle in June to bolster a lineup sapped by injuries. With cash from the Mariners in the trade, the deal cost New York just $8 million of the $25 million he was owed in 2020, including a $5 million buyout.

    Encarnacion was leading the American League with 21 homers at the time, but a strained left oblique limited the first baseman/designated hitter down the stretch. He hit .249 with 13 homers, 37 RBIs and an .856 OPS in 44 regular-season games with New York.

    Encarnacion has averaged 37 homers and 106 RBIs since 2012 and helped slug the Toronto Blue Jays to back-to-back appearances in the ALCS in 2015 and 2016. His 239 homers in Toronto ranks third behind Carlos Delgado (336) and Jose Bautista (265) on the Blue Jays' career list.

    Through his 14th season, Encarnacion has a career .263 average with 414 home runs and 1,242 RBIs for Cincinnati, Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle and the Yankees.