The Chicago White Sox have added another power bat to their already strong starting lineup as Edwin Encarnacion is coming to the South Side.
The Chicago White Sox have done it! The amazing offseason continues as they have inked Edwin Encarnacion to a contract. He will bring his awesome power bat to the White Sox as they try to be a really good team in 2020. He joins Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel as White Sox additions this offseason via free agency. There is no doubt that he will bring some nice pop to a lineup filled with great young talent.
He will be in the middle of the lineup that will have an RBI leader (Jose Abreu), and two top-three AL batting average leaders (Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada) surrounding him. There is also Eloy Jimenez who could literally develop into a .300 hitter that hits 40 home runs really quickly. All of these things will be something that a veteran like Encarnacion would bring to the South Side.
Encarnacion will be 37 by the time Spring Training gets underway. There is no doubt that he will bring lots of experience to this team. He has played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, and New York Yankees. His stint with the Yankees was the second half of last season but he went with them all the way to the American League Championship Series. He hit 34 home runs split between Seattle and New York last year and had 86 RBIs with 81 runs scored.
He slashed .244/.344/.531 which are normal numbers for an older power hitter. He will likely come in and be the full time designated hitter. That will lower James McCann‘s role a little bit but there is no doubt that it would bring tremendous depth to their lineup. The key to playing well over 162 games is consistency and depth. This move secures that being the case for the White Sox as they look to really look to turn the corner in 2020. They have built the team the right way by drafting and developing prospects but seeing them supplementing the youngsters with veterans has been fun to watch.