Cleveland Indians sign Edwin Encarnacion

American League champions make big splash on the free agent market.

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The Cleveland Indians made a big splash on the free agent market on Thursday night, inking former Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion to a deal.

According to ESPN, the contract is a three-year deal with $65 million guaranteed. It also has a fourth-year option that could bring the total money to $80 million.

After losing to the Chicago Cubs in heartbreaking fashion in the 2016 World Series, the Indians now have quite a potential lineup to field in 2017, according to Buster Olney:

Of course, CF Michael Brantley will help that lineup out as much as Encarnacion if he’s healthy, but adding the former Blue Jay to the mix only makes Cleveland that much stronger going into next year.

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