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CHICAGO — There’s an acute need for another starter on the Yankees, but that hasn’t stopped them from adding more offensive firepower.
Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is heading to the Yankees via trade from the Seattle Mariners, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Yankees confirmed the deal late Saturday night.
The right-handed hitting, three-time All-Star, 36, is currently leading the AL with 21 home runs and is slashing .241/.356/.531 in 65 games.
The deal surfaced during the Yankees’ Saturday game against the White Sox.
The acquisition of Encarnacion would seem to end the Kendrys Morales experiment; the switch-hitting first baseman/designated hitter is currently on the 10-day injured list with a mild left calf strain.
Encarnacion would be expected to play some at first base and perhaps mainly serve as a DH with the Yankees, who are also expected to get Giancarlo Stanton back from the IL by Tuesday and Aaron Judge before too long.
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