MLB Trade Rumors: The New York Yankees have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners, according to both Jeff Passan and Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, who each tweeted the news almost simultaneously.
The 36 year old Encarnacion is having a strong season for the Mariners, who acquired him this past offseason in the deal that sent Carlos Santana to Cleveland and Yandy Diaz to Tampa, slashing .241/.356/.531. The M’s are awful, however, and are in tear-down mode, and with Encarnacion a free agent after this season, they have little motivation to hang onto him.
The Yankees, who have been beset by injuries this year, will presumably use Encarnacion at DH. They had previously acquired Kendra’s Morales as a stopgap solution, but he is now on the injured list. No word yet on what the Yankees are giving up for Encarnacion, but I wouldn’t expect it to be anything significant.
UPDATE — The Mariners are reportedly receiving 19 year old righthanded pitcher Juan Then, who was originally signed by the Mariners, and then traded to New York along with J.P. Sears for Nick Rumbelow.