Indians sign Encarnacion to three-year deal

Indians sign Encarnacion to three-year deal

Indians sign Encarnacion to three-year deal

In their biggest deal of the offseason, the Cleveland Indians officially signed former Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year contract Thursday morning. The deal includes a club option for 2020.

Encarnacion was unveiled at an Indians press conference where he was presented with Number 10. The 33-year-old Dominican native is reportedly guaranteed $60 million in the deal.

It’s been a rough offseason for the slugger. Encarnacion was a favorite with Blue Jays fans, dubbed “Edwing” for his signature move – he sticks out his bent right arm, looking like a wing – as he runs the bases after a home run. He received some backlash from Toronto fans for the back-and-forth negotiations with the Blue Jays organization. He also received a tempting two-year offer from the Oakland Athletics.

This move led fans to dub him "Edwing"

This move led fans to dub him “Edwing.”

In the end, it was Cleveland’s eagerness for him to join the club that won Encarnacion over.

The slugger brings a powerful bat to the Indians lineup that already had the team landing 10th in the AL for home runs (185). Encarnacion comes off a strong season, where he knocked out 42 home runs and drove in 127 runs for the Blue Jays.

The first basemen belted 310 home runs and 942 RBIs over 12 seasons between the Jays and the Cincinnati Reds. He can boast an impressive .266/.352/.498 slash line throughout his career.

The Indians new No. 10 will split first base and DH duties with Carlos Santana.

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