He was held out of the starting lineup the past three games with lower back tightness, but Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters in Oakland having Encarnacion sit out was precautionary. Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners and Yankees will split the remaining $15 million owed to Encarnacion.
The 36-year-old Encarnacion began the day leading the AL with 21 home runs in his first season with Seattle.
The veteran journeyman is slashing.241/.356/.531 with 49 RBIs, a 19% strikeout rate, a would-be career-high 14.2% walk rate, .370 wOBA (18th in AL), 139 wRC+ (12th in AL), and 1.7 wins above replacement (29th in AL; FanGraphs).
The move to send Encarnacion to NY is already the 10th trade the Mariners have made in-season, and the second time this month the club has dealt one of its major-league offseason acquisitions.
According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Mariners will receive right-handed pitcher Juan Then. They recently traded outfielder Jay Bruce to Philadelphia.
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