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Edwin Encarnacion
Birthdate: 1/7/1983 (34 y, 2 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/215     Position: 1B/3B/DH
Drafted: 2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 24, Overall: 274, Team: Texas Rangers
Contract: $60M / 3 Years (2017 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Manager Terry Francona says Encarnacion will serve as the primary designated hitter this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. (3/4/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: After reportedly rejecting Toronto's four-year, $80 million offer earlier in the offseason, Encarnacion -- like former teammate Jose Bautista -- found a more frigid than expected offseason market. Still, he landed a three-year deal worth at least $60 million (with buyout of 2020 option) with the potential to ultimately earn as much as $75 million over that time frame. Not only that, but he's joining up with the defending AL champions, so things aren't all bad for the 34-year-old who'll likely split his time between DH and first base for the Indians. Despite tying a career-high with 42 home runs last season, the rest of his numbers were down. His wRC+ of 134 was a five-year low and his strikeout rate spiked to 19.7 percent, hearkening back to his early days with the Reds. It may just be a one-year blip on the radar, but it's worth noting that he's also heading into his mid-30s. Fortunately for Encarnacion, he's not going to a park that's much different in terms of park factors. According to StatCorner.com, the home run park factor for Progressive Field last year was 104; at Rogers Centre, it was 102. He should fit in nicely in the middle of that order. (@Brandon_Warne)  

The Quick Opinion: NFBC has Encarnacion as the No. 5 first baseman off the board, around the 24th pick overall. That feels about right for a guy who'll give you a .265 average, 35-40 home runs and plenty of help in runs and RBI. In saber leagues, the walks help a ton, too. Father Time is undefeated, but Encarnacion appears to have plenty of juice left. 

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