The Milwaukee Brewers tried to sign fist baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion before inking Avisail Garcia, according to Jon Heyman.
Brewers investigated Encarnacion before turning to Avisail and are still considering 1B. EE prefers the AL for obvious reasons and still has 5 teams in.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 17, 2019
Encarnacion has been in the Majors for 15 seasons. He spent last season with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. The slugger put up a .244/.344/.531 slash line with 34 home runs. While that bat made have been a big addition to the Brewers’ lineup, Encarnacion prefers to play in the AL where he can serve as DH.
It’s an interesting pursuit for the Brewers. Encarnacion has only played around 850 innings at first over the last three years. Over that time, he’s accumulated a -3 DRS and a negative UZR. Comparatively, Eric Thames played 782 innings at first for Milwaukee last year with 2 DRS. Fortunately, it’s nothing that fans need to worry about because EE’s not interested.