The Yankees introduced yet another slugger to their lineup on Monday night, as Edwin Encarnacion addressed the New York media for the first time since his trade over from the Mariners.
Seattle was selling off their top assets, and the Yankees jumped on the opportunity to add another big bat to their lineup. In turn, the 36-year-old Encarnacion finds himself in pinstripes, something he is very excited for considering he's going from worst in the AL West to first in the Al East.
"Definitely a surprise when it happened, but at the same time, I got super excited knowing that I was coming to this city," he said.
Encarnacion brings another power bat to the Yankees already-potent lineup in terms of long balls. In fact, the Bombers now have the top two home run hitters in the American League, as Encarnacion has 21 dingers on the season with Gary Sanchez behind him with 20.
GM Brian Cashman spoke after Encarnacion on Monday, and explained how the deal came to be. He admitted the veteran was always on their radar. Looking at his track record against the Yankees all these years and given Seattle's willingness to move him, Cashman couldn't pass up the chance to land him.
"We had known that Edwin Encarnacion would be available ever since he got traded over to Seattle this winter, so we kinda kept in touch," Cashman said. "We've seen what he's done to us over the course of time. He's a very patient, powerful, impact bat and his makeup is off the chart."
Encarnacion's role with the Yanks will mostly be at DH, while taking some time to relieve Luke Voit of his first baseman duties. So far in 65 games this season, Encarnacion is slashing .241/.356/.531 with his 21 homers, 49 RBI and seven doubles.
Encarnacion will make his Yankees debut tonight, serving as the team's designated hitter in the fifth hole in the lineup.