Veteran 1B Edwin Encarnacion Signs With White Sox

Edwin Encarnacion (10) with Cleveland Indians in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (9686094ab)

Chicago White Sox made another major addition to their roster in hopes of becoming a contender in AL Central. According to ESPN, White Sox agreed to a deal with veteran first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. This comes just days after the organization signed pitcher Dallas Kutchel to a $55.5 million contract.

The addition of Encarnacion won’t be as pricey, but it won’t come as cheap either. ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan reports that the 36-year-old slugger will get a one-year, $12 million deal. White Sox will also have a $12 million option for 2021.

Encarnacion split 2019 between Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He played 109 games combined, batting .244 with 34 home runs and 86 RBIs. His stint with Yankees was marked by strained left oblique issues.

Edwin Encarnacion spent the majority of his career with Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays, while also spending time with Cleveland Indians alongside stints with Marlins and Yankees. He has three All-Star appearances, all with Blue Jays, and was AL RBI leader in 2016.

Encarnacion’s MLS career stats include .263 batting average, 414 homers, and 1,242 RBIs.