CLEVELAND -- The Indians added an impact bat to their offense with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The first baseman has also joined the planned lineup for Tribe Fest later this month.
On Thursday, Cleveland announced that Encarnacion is confirmed for attending the team's annual Tribe Fest, which will take place on Jan. 28 at the InterContinental Hotel near the Cleveland Clinic campus. The club also announced that the afternoon session for the fan fest is sold out, and tickets for the morning session are going fast.
Including Encarnacion, who signed a three-year contract worth $60 million to join the reigning American League champions, the Indians have 14 players confirmed to participate in Tribe Fest, with more likely joining the event's roster. There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET session, as the evening portion (2-7 p.m.) is no longer available.
Information about tickets, parking, autograph sessions and more can be found at Indians.com/TribeFest.
As of now, Cleveland expects to have 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, '16 Gold Glove Award winner Francisco Lindor and '16 AL Championship Series Most Valuable Player Andrew Miller among the players on hand at Tribe Fest. Others confirmed to attend include Cody Allen, Abraham Almonte, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Zach McAllister, Tyler Naquin, Roberto Perez, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Josh Tomlin.
Indians alumni expected to attend include Ellis Burks, Mike Hargrove, Mike Jackson, Chad Ogea and Jaret Wright.
Tribe Fest will feature the team's mascots, photo booths, locker room displays and a range of activities, including fast pitch, Louisville Slugger bat making, face painting and more. The main stage at the event will have question-and-answer sessions with players and alumni, among other programs. Tribe Fest is being held at the InterContinental Hotel due to ongoing renovations at Progressive Field.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.