Lady Liberty, it is time to walk the Parrot. In a move that seemingly came out of left field Saturday night, the New York Yankees have acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners. Encarnacion, the current AL leader in home runs (21), will join a Yankees lineup that already got good news this week concerning the pending return of big-time home run hitters Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
The Yankees came into tonight with a one game lead in the loss column for first place with the Tampa Bay Rays and a five game lead on the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Their lineup now features six players with 10 or more home runs including Gary Sanchez with 20 and Luke Voit with 17. This move will also most likely put young second baseman Gleyber Torres in the nine spot in the lineup once Stanton and Judge return. Torres currently has 15 home runs, so this won’t be your typical bottom of the order hitter.
This isn’t the first time Encarnacion has been traded this calendar year, as he was the centerpiece this off-season in a three-way deal that involved the Indians and Rays. The Yankees intend to use Encarnacion as their Designated Hitter. Seattle, who already got rid of power hitter Jay Bruce this month, will receive young pitching prospect Juan Then in return for Encarnacion. Don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last move both these teams make, as the Yankees want to add some much-needed starting pitching and the Mariners seem to be in full sell mode.