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AP source: White Sox agree to deal with Edwin Encarnación

by Ace Damon
AP source: White Sox agree to deal with Edwin Encarnación

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago White Sox has agreed to a $ 12 million one-year deal with veteran Edwin Encarnación, a person familiar with the Associated Press talks said on Wednesday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not announced.

Encarnación is expected to receive $ 11 million in salary next season and a $ 1 million signing bonus, with the White Sox holding an option for the 2021 season.

Encarnación have hit 34 home runs in 109 games for Seattle and Yankees last season. All-Star three times led the American League with 21 players when the Mariners traded it to New York in June. But the Yankees declined an option for next season after he was limited by oblique problems along the stretch.

The Encarnación have won .249 with 13 players and 37 RBIs in 44 regular season games with the Yankees. He hit .308 while New York beat Minnesota in the AL Division Series, but crashed heavily in the AL Championship Series against Houston.

Encarnación, 37 years old on January 7, has eight consecutive seasons with over 30 residents. He has 414 homers in 15 years with Cincinnati, Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle and New York.

He envisions serving as the designated hitter and playing first base with slugger Jose Abreu.

The White Sox has stood out in a promising young core, hoping to challenge AL Central after seven lost seasons. Encarnación joins former AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and catcher Yasmani Grandal as cash additions in this offseason.

The White Sox agreed on Saturday to a $ 55.5 million three-year deal with Keuchel, the day after a one-year deal was signed with two-time pitcher Gio González. They also brought Abreu back on a $ 50 million contract for three years and acquired Texas Rangers player Nomar Mazara.

The White Sox was 72 to 89 last season, well behind the Minnesota Twins, with 101 wins and 93 Cleveland Indians. But they believe they are in a position to make a big leap after losing the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 years since the 2005 World Series championship. This is because young players have established themselves in the main and promising prospects remain in the way.

Tim Anderson led the top companies with an average of 0.333 last year. Yoán Moncada had a successful season, reaching 0.315 with 25 players and 79 RBIs. Eloy Jiménez showed pop as a rookie with an average of 0.267, 31 homers and 79 RBIs. Renowned defender Luis Robert is due to debut next spring, and top contender Nick Madrigal may also be ready to have significant time at second base.

Keuchel and Gonzalez will participate in a spin led by All-Star Lucas Giolito, which also includes Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease. Promising young Michael Kopech is also expected to return after Tommy John's surgery.

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