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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Cleveland Indians

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It looks like the Cleveland Indians are looking to make another run to the world series as another big free agent comes off the board and this time it Edwin Encarnacion formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Indians after saying they wouldn’t be players in the free agent market after deals with Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn left them with a sour taste, apparently had a change of heart by agreeing to a three-year, $60 million deal with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion,The deal includes a $25 million team option for a fourth year. Encarnacion is guaranteed $60 million, with that figure including a $5 million buyout for the fourth year.

Encanacion hit 42 home runs with 127 RBI in 2016 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Over the past five seasons, Encarnacion has averaged 39 home runs and 110 RBI.

The 33-year-old will likely split time between designated hitter and first base in Cleveland, rotating with Carlos Santana. This is a good move for Cleveland to go along with it’s bullpen. Cleveland went all the way to game 7 of the World Series this past season and there is noreason to think this isn’t possible now with a thumper in the middle of their lineup in Encanacion.


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