The Mariners are traded American League home run leader Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees for cash consideration and minor league pitcher.
The Mariners are inclusive of significant money on Encarnacion's contract, which includes a $ 20 million ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Then, a 19-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, returns to the Mariners organization, from which the Yankees acquired him in 2017.
Encarnacion, 36, has hit 21 home runs this season in 65 games. The Dominican slugger has 18 career home runs at Yankee Stadium, which he calls home, trailing only Fenway Park.
How to get into the Yankees' lineup remains to be seen. For now, it would appear in the rotation at designated hitter. Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez as well as Clint Frazier
"There's always room for good players," manager Aaron Boone said, laughing, before the trade. Boone admitted to hearing some "rumors" of the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
In a matter of days, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge could join the list of Yankees DHs, as they wrap up rehab assignments with Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. Stanton already is back in pinstripes Tuesday, when the Yankees take on the Rays in the second game of a three-game home series.
"I do not know what he felt about his situation [in Seattle]but I think Anybody's excited to come to the Yankees with the potential that we feel like this year, Yankees said YES Happ, Encarnacion's former teammate in Toronto.
Encarnacion, who missed Seattle's past three games because of back soreness, so could provide added depth at the corner infield
Gio Urshela has come along as New York's primary third baseman in the wake of Miguel Andujar's season-ending shoulder injury in April, and Voit emerged in spring training as the starter at first base. Although slick-fielding infielder DJ LeMahieu wants to play both positions virtually weekly. Didi Gregorius is back from the injured list.
First baseman Kendrys Morales was traded to The Yankees from Oakland last month, but he has struggled in his time in the Bronx. Including a three-hit game last Tuesday against the Mets, Morales is hitting just .194 this season.
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Following that afternoon in the Subway Series, Morales was injured on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain. Manager Aaron Boone said earlier this weekend that the IL stint would be short.
But now with Morales out of the mix and his spot on the 40-man roster in apparent jeopardy, Encarnacion could be given his opportunities at first base. In Seattle this season, Encarnacion has split duties at first DH and so he played at inning at second base in a game in the Bronx last month. He has not played third since 2013.
However Encarnacion fits in the lineup, Happ believes he wants to be a perfect addition to the clubhouse.
"He does not say a lot, but he works hard and he's prepared "Happ said. "Those are some of the reasons I think he's going to really enjoy it here."
Yankees fans, who have been vocal the past few weeks in asking for pitching help. With Yankees starters struggling with the long ball in the first two games of this week's Chicago series that has become more apparent.
Encarnacion has hit 284 of his 401 career home runs since the 2012 season, the most 30 homers. In the past seven, he's had at least 32 homers and 98 RBIs.
He was in his first season with Seattle after the Indians traded him for Carlos Santana and cash in December as part of a three-team trade that So saw Jake Bauers move from Tampa Bay to Cleveland.
Since November, the Mariners have offloaded a number of players in trades, including second baseman Robinson Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, shortstop Jean Segura, left-hander James Paxton, outfielder Jay Bruce catcher Mike Zunino, Ben Gamel outfielder and relief pitcher Alex Colome.