Indians sign free agent Edwin Encarnación to a three-year contract
The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League 40-man roster:
Signed free agent 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (#10) to a three-year Major League contract with a club option for the 2020 season…Designated LHP Edwin Escobar for assignment.
Encarnación, 33, has split his professional career between the Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays, compiling a 12-year Major League career average of .266 (1439-5409) with 311 doubles, 310 home runs and 942 RBI in 1513 games. He is a three-time American League All-Star selection (2013-14, '16) and over the last five seasons since 2012 he has averaged 90 runs, 29 doubles, 39 home runs and 110 RBI per campaign. He is second in Major League Baseball over that five-year span in homers (193) and RBI (550) and is the only MLB player with at least 30 home runs over each of those seasons and the only player with 30HR/100 RBI in four of the last five seasons.
He recently completed his eighth season in Toronto in 2016, batting .263 (158-601) with 34 doubles, 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games. He collected single-season career-bests in hits (158), runs (99), extra-base hits (76), RBI (127) and total bases (318) and equaled his career-best in home runs (42). He finished tied for first in the American League in RBI (with David Ortiz), tied for third in home runs, sixth in extra-base hits and 10th in OPS. The 127-RBI marked the fifth-highest single season total in Blue Jays history as he finished his Toronto career third in career home runs (239) and sixth in RBI (679) in franchise history. He will donate $100,000 annually during the life of the contract that will be split between Cleveland and Dominican-based organizations.