Yankees Decline 2020 Option On Edwin Encarnacion

Alex Greenberg
October 31, 2019 - 12:39 pm

Edwin Encarnacion is unlikely to be returning to the Yankees in 2020.

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New York acquired Encarnacion from the Mariners in June for a minor league pitcher and some cash. His bat helped the team quite a bit during the regular season, but Encarnacion struggled heavily in the playoffs, especially in the ALCS against the Astros. He seemed completely lost at the plate.

The Yankees announced Thursday that they would not be exercising the club option on Encarnacion’s contract for next season, thus making him a free agent.

This move isn’t too surprising after Encarnacion’s poor showing against Houston. The slugger just couldn’t get his bat going, as he managed just one hit in 18 at-bats in the ALCS. His batting average for the series was a paltry .056.

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Aaron Boone said he considered benching Encarnacion, but ultimately didn’t as he would have only replaced him with Giancarlo Stanton, who was dealing with a quad injury that hindered his ability to produce.

The 36-year-old is likely on the back-end of his MLB career, but he should still draw interest from some teams in free agency, assuming the Yankees don’t change their mind and decide to bring him back.

Expect Brian Cashman and company to look elsewhere for another bat to add to what is already an impressive lineup.