Edwin Encarnacion and his parrot are soon going to be rounding the basepaths at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
After acquiring the veteran slugger from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect Juan Then, the Yankees will now feature a lineup with Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Encarnacion when healthy, a devastatingly quadruple-threat that any pitching staff will have trouble bringing down. However, "EE" didn't have to end up in New York.
According to sources, other teams offered more talent to the Mariners for Encarnacion, but weren’t willing to take on as much of his salary as the Yankees were. Sources indicated the Astros and Rays were also actively involved, with the Rockies in the mix to a lesser extent.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 17, 2019
With Seattle in full-on rebuild mode, they are primarily interested in dumping salary rather than acquiring premier talent. They used that same strategy when trading Jay Bruce to Philadelphia earlier this month, making the Phillies absorb more money and in return, taking lesser-regarded infield prospect Jake Scheiner.