After a lot of speculation the Cleveland Indians finally landed Edwin Encarnacion. The deal is for 60M over 3 years and includes a club option for an additional 25M or 5M buyout.
Encarnacion, 34 next month, will give Cleveland a younger and more productive replacement for the departed Mike Napoli — bolstering the lineup of a club that is fresh off an American League pennant and hoping for another deep postseason run in 2017. The longtime Blue Jays star slashed .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and a league-leading 127 runs batted in this past season. Over the past five years, Encarnacion has been one of Major League Baseball’s most feared hitters, compiling a stellar .272/.367/.544 batting line with 193 homers — an average of 39 big flies per year. In that time, Encarnacion trails only Chris Davis in total home runs, and he’s also ranked third in the Majors in isolated power (.273), fifth in slugging percentage and sixth in OPS (.912) among qualified hitters.
Encarnacion’s signing should be the final hurdle to the remaining top free agents on the market so hopefully we should start to see those dominoes fall within short order. Cleveland will be forced to surrender the 25th overall pick to Toronto.