1B EDWIN ENCARNACIÓN
2019 Stats (through 51 games): .239 AVG, .840 OPS, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 129 wRC+, 1.1 fWAR
By the time July 9 rolls around, Edwin Encarnación is probably calling somewhere other than Seattle home. If Encarnación stays in Seattle or the American League by that point, however, he has a really good shot of making the AL roster as a first baseman.
The 36-year-old not only has shown there’s a ton of life still left in his bat, but he’s also proved he can still play a little defense. After starting just ~20 games at first base in each of his two years in Cleveland, Encarnación has established himself as the Mariners’ de facto first baseman in 2019 and has rewarded their faith with solid contributions in both facets of the game.
This unexpected move back to first in nearly a full-time capacity has now made Encarnación eligible for one of the American League’s weakest positions. If he were serving most of his time as a designated hitter, as expected, we probably wouldn’t be having this discussion.
Right now, the likeliest outcome seems to be that Encarnación and Carlos Santana, whom were traded for one another back in December, will be the American League’s two first baseman in July. Baseball is something else.