Impact of the Yankees acquiring Edwin Encarnacion
By Max Grzymala
The Yankees trading for Edwin Encarnacion adds a powerful bat to an already potent Yankee line up that will be getting back two more sluggers in the near future (Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton). Encarnacion has had a monster season at least in terms of power. He has blasted 21 home runs to this point and has driven in 49 runs. His batting average is just .241 but he would still lead the current Yankee team in home runs (Gary Sanchez has 20 at the time of this writing).
It has been stated that Edwin Encarnacion will mostly be the DH for the Yankees, so Luke Voit will still play first and DJ LeMahieu may play more third base then current third baseman Gio Urshela.
With Stanton coming back this would also mean Stanton will most likely man left field instead of being the every day DH.
This brings up a variety of questions. Where will Gardner play? Where will Urshela play? Gardner has had a down year to this point so it is very possible he will see a more reduced role, with the Yankees continuing to get healthier.
Urshela however has been playing great baseball for the Yankees. He had a little trouble against the White Sox, but bounced back in the final game of the series registering two hits.
The Yankees need to figure out a way to keep Ursehla in the line up and on the field because he makes the Yankee line up even more powerful. You can't forget about his glove which may be his biggest asset.
This could be the beginning of the end for Gardener even with the demotion of Frazier the Yankees still have a surplus of out fielders many of whom are the rise in their careers unlike Gardener who is trending down.
The Edwin Encarnacion deal was a great move for the Yankees but it will bring up a lot questions mainly including playing time. But at least the Bronx got a new Bird (ha get it because Encarnacions nick name is the parrot and Greg Bird is MIA)
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