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Cleveland Indians land biggest free agent bat

Posted by Betonline team on 2/16/2017 2:28:55 AM
Cleveland Indians land biggest free agent bat

The Cleveland Indians are serious about returning to the World Series and this time winning it.

They outbid and outdueled the biggest teams in baseball to sign the biggest free agent bat in baseball to a three-year, $60 million deal. They added big bat Edwin Encarnacion to an already imposing lineup and remain the American League’s best team.

In 2016, Encarnacion hit 42 home runs with the Toronto Blue Jays and led the AL with 127 runs batted in. He will play first base, a position he has not mastered but is improving on.

Since 2012, he has blasted 193 home runs, second only to Baltimore’s Chris Davis (197).

Encarnacion believed Cleveland was the right fit but so did his family. His father Elipidio was at the press conference glowing and talking about Indians manager Terry Francona. He plans to live with his son in Cleveland.

“This is my new home,” Elipisio said. “I believe they have everything to win the World Series.”

The Boston Red Sox were looking for a designated hitter to replace the retired Tony Ortez. The New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s were also after Encarnacion.

The Indians threw in attendance bonuses to sweeten the deal. The fact they were in the Eastern Time zone helped also. It ensured that his son, who still lives in the Dominican Republic, would be able to see his dad play on television. He is a star high school player with Major League aspirations.

The Indians should win the American League Central Division over the older and payroll strapped Detroit Tigers who they dominated last season and upstart Kansas City Royals.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox remain the biggest challengers to the AL crown along with Seattle and Texas.


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