The Duel

3 Edwin Encarnacion Landing Spots Amidst MLB Trade Rumors

By Braulio Perez
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners
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After the Seattle Mariners began the season with an 11-2 record, there's no denying they've been one of the worst teams in the Majors.

Going 14-35 since that impressive start, Seattle is now in sell mode. Things got started with a Jay Bruce trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, but we all know GM Jerry Dipoto is just getting started.

With that being said, slugger Edwin Encarnacion is likely atop the list of players the Mariners plan to ship elsewhere prior to the MLB trade deadline. Here's a look at three teams that could make a deal for the three-time All-Star.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays are currently in a fight for the AL East title, entering play on June 3, a mere 2.5 games back of the New York Yankees. As strong as their pitching has been, they could use some more pop in their lineup. Enter Encarnacion, who has belted 15 home runs and added 37 RBI this season. The veteran slugger could be just what the Rays need to keep pushing for a playoff berth.

2. Cleveland Indians

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Don't call it a comeback? In the winter of 2018, the Indians sent Encarncion to the Mariners as part of a three-team deal. Here we are in early June, and Cleveland is 11.5 games back of the division-leading Minnesota Twins. The Tribe entered the season with World Series aspirations and bringing back and old face could be the spark this lineup needs to make a run toward the postseason.

1. Boston Red Sox

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The honeymoon from the 2018 World Series title is officially over for the Boston Red Sox. They're in third place in the AL East, fresh off a series loss in the Bronx to the Yankees. Currently led by Mitch Moreland with 13 bombs, Boston's offense hasn't looked the same this year. Adding a player of Encarnacion's caliber could be the jolt the Red Sox need. With almost two-thirds of the season still yet to be played, Encarnacion's power bat and maybe an additional arm in the bullpen would be enough to help turn the Red Sox's season around.

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