Encarnacion, 36, has been one of the best sluggers of the past decade and the 2019 season was no different.
This past season, the right-handed hitter had a .244/.344/.531 slash line with 34 home runs and 86 RBI to give himself a 129 wRC+ and 2.5 fWAR across 109 games split between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees (FanGraphs).
With that type of ability to produce, Encarnacion slides right into the middle of the order for the White Sox as the team’s DH.
Abreu isn’t exactly a top-tier defensive first baseman so having someone who can spell him at the position in 2020 might be beneficial.
While someone who is already 36-years-old isn’t too exciting long-term, Encarnacion might be just what the team needs now.
Having a proven veteran like Encarnacion on the team could do wonders for the clubhouse and young players.
Furthermore, the team doesn’t exactly need a long-term option at DH as top first base prospect Andrew Vaughn could be ready to become a major contributor for the team soon.
Vaughn, 21, is the 21st best prospect in the game according to MLB Pipeline. Given the team gave Jose Abreu a multi-year deal this offseason, one of him and Vaughn will have to be the team’s DH which would likely eliminate the need for Encarnacion in 2021 anyways.
Encarnacion isn’t the perfect addition, but he provides the White Sox with a legitimate power threat in the middle of the order in a time where the team is expecting to take a major step forward.
Having someone with a proven track record like Edwin Encarnacion does will only help get the White Sox to where they want to be.