Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Edwin Encarnacion aims to 'pass along the blessings' wherever he goes

The hot stove is heating up this MLB offseason, and it has a lot do with the Seattle Mariners. After recently trading second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, the team acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion from Cleveland on Thursday in a three-team deal also including Tampa Bay.

Encarnacion, drafted by the Texas Rangers in the ninth round of the 2000 MLB Draft, hit .246 with 32 home runs and 107 RBIs last season, and according to ESPN, he leads all active players with a streak of seven straight seasons hitting at least 30 HRs. The three-time All-Star from the Dominican Republic will turn 36 in January.

“We’re excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnacion,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

Encarnacion’s contract will pay him a guaranteed $20 million in 2019, and includes a $5 million buyout of a $25 million club option for 2020. It’s what’s left of the three-year, $65 million contract he signed with the Indians in January 2017, at which time he announced that he’d make six-figure donations to Cleveland and Dominican Republic-based organizations every year as the contract played out.

“I believe that when God blesses you with something that you should pass along the blessings to other people,” Encarnacion said through a translator at the time. “Because of the blessings I’ve received from God, I want to share that with people who need it.”

With all the moves Dipoto and the Mariners are making, some think Encarnacion might be moved again before the 2019 season even begins. And he’s used to moving — prior to two seasons in Cleveland, Encarnacion spent eight with Toronto and five with Cincinnati.

But regardless of where he ends up, Encarnacion is sure to bless others through the blessings God has given him.

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