Edwin Encarnacion, White Sox Agree On 1-Year Deal

Encarnacion had 34 homers and an .875 OPS in 2019.

670 The Score Staff
December 25, 2019 - 7:41 pm

(670 The Score) Continuing an aggressive offseason, the White Sox have added a powerful bat to their lineup. 

Designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has agreed to a one-year, $12-million deal with the White Sox, a source confirmed to 670 The Score reporter Bruce Levine on Wednesday night.  It also includes a club option for 2021. The contract is pending a physical.

Encarnacion, a three-time All-Star who turns 37 in January, hit .244 with 34 homers, 86 RBIs and an .875 OPS in 109 games split between the Mariners and Yankees in 2019. While he's past his prime, Encarnacion has continued to be a strong performer in recent seasons. He had 38 homers and 107 RBIs in 2017 and 32 homers and 107 RBIs in 2018, a pair of seasons that he spent with the Indians. Encarnacion has 414 homers during his 15-year MLB career. 

The White Sox began discussions with Encarnacion at the Winter Meetings earlier in December and ramped up their talks lately, Levine reported Sunday.

The White Sox's thought process in adding Encarnacion is to have him often serve as the designated hitter and possibly spell Jose Abreu at first base. Catcher Yasmani Grandal -- who signed a four-year, $73-million deal in November -- will also be in the mix for time at first base and designated hitter on days the White Sox use James McCann behind the plate. The White Sox now have Abreu, Grandal, Encarnacion and McCann to split time between three positions. 

The White Sox received a .205 batting average, 17 homers, 75 RBIs and a .641 OPS out of their designated hitter slot in 2019, so adding Encarnacion represents a big upgrade for them.