In the span of a week, the New York Yankees' lineup could get a complete makeover with the addition of American League home run leader Edwin Encarnacion and the healthy return of outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that 19-year-old minor-league right-hander Juan Then will be headed back to Seattle, and Bob Nightengale of USA Today confirmed the Mariners are "eating most of the $30 million" owed to Encarnacion. Encarnacion was traded to Seattle before the 2019 campaign and is batting.241 with 49 RBIs.
Encarnación was not on the field with the Mariners as they warmed up for Saturday night's game at Oakland.
Encarnacion leads the AL with 21 home runs, so he certainly will provide a boost to the AL East-leading Yankees. Encarnación and Jay Bruce - dealt to the Phillies earlier this month - combined to start 60 of the team's first 73 games at first.
The 36-year-old carries a $20 million base salary this season and NY will hold a $20M club option for 2020 or can exercise a $5 million buyout. The right-hander was originally signed by Seattle's organization in 2016, and played a season for the Dominican Summer League Mariners before being traded to NY in the Nick Rumbelow deal following the 2017 season.