White Sox officially sign veteran slugger Encarnacion

Field Level Media

January 09, 2020 at 6:44 pm.

The Chicago White Sox made it official Thursday, signing free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a one-year, $12 million contract.

The deal includes a $12 million club option for 2021, with no buyout.

Encarnacion, who turned 37 on Tuesday, batted .244 with 34 home runs and 86 RBIs in 109 games last season with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. It was the three-time All-Star’s eighth straight season with at least 30 home runs, the longest active streak in the majors.

“Edwin is a professional hitter, someone who makes each and every at-bat count,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a release. “His long track record of power is impressive and as a veteran run producer, Edwin adds another threatening bat to our lineup, lengthening our batting order and increasing (manager) Rick Renteria’s offensive options on any given night.”

A first baseman and designated hitter, Encarnacion leads the majors with 297 home runs and 850 RBIs since 2012. He topped the American League with 127 RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016.

Encarnacion enters his 16th season with a .263 career batting average, 414 homers, 1,242 RBIs and 1,080 runs scored in 1,916 games with the Cincinnati Reds, Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Mariners and Yankees.

With All-Star Jose Abreu established at first base, Encarnacion likely will be employed as a DH. The White Sox used 10 players in that spot last season, none for more than 40 games.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Chicago designated left-hander Kodi Medeiros for assignment.