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Indians Give Their Fans a Merry Christmas – Agree to Deal with 1B Edwin Encarnacion

Get ready Indians fans, the Tribe is loading up for another World Series run.

They showed that in a huge way on Thursday night, as the team agreed to a deal with one of the biggest names in free agency, coming to terms on a three-year deal with Blue Jay slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The deal, as outlined below, is for $60 million guaranteed, and includes a club option for $20 million.

Many felt while the team talked about adding Encarnacion during the Winter Meetings two weeks back, since they didn’t get the job done there, he would eventually ink elsewhere.

It was just earlier tonight that we reported Encarnacion was close to making a decision, that that the Indians were a team that was still very much in the mix.

He will fill a huge void in the lineup with his 42 homers and 127 runs batted in from last season. Of course the signing of Encarnacion means that the team won’t be bringing back Mike Napoli, who remains on the free agent market.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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  1. Darhl E Fuller

    December 22, 2018 at 9:24 am

    So the indians have given up on 2018 already…..Giving away good players for more prospects…..How long before Kluber and Bauer are sent packing for more prospects…As soon as Lindor and Remariz are free agents believe me they are gone. So the Dolans are broke again…Dolan already gave away the chief for the 2019 all star game. At best we will be fielding a triple A team for seasons to come….

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