Indians Trade Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle Mariners

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Edwin Encarnacion
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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an experienced Albuquerque, New Mexico attorney who specializes in criminal defense and habeas corpus law and has handled cases ranging from minor misdemeanor charges to conspiracy and murder. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque is a passionate sports fan who counts the Cleveland Indians as his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

On the heels of winning its third consecutive American League Central Division title, the Indians opted to shake things up by bringing in a familiar face. The team dealt veteran first baseman and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners this past December in a three-team trade that also involved the Tampa Bay Rays. In return, the Indians received 32-year-old Carlos Santana, who spent the first eight years of his career in Cleveland. The Indians also received Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay received infielder Yandy Diaz and right-handed pitching prospect Cole Sulser.

A three-time All-Star, Encarnacion recorded 70 home runs and 214 runs batted in (RBI) through two seasons with the Indians. The 14-year veteran now has 380 career home runs and 1,156 RBI. Santana, meanwhile, played only one season with the Philadelphia Phillies after signing a three-year, $60 million contract with the team prior to last season. He managed a relatively productive 24 home runs and 86 RBI, but was dealt to the Mariners 10 days before being flipped back to the Indians.

Indians Add Power-Hitting First Baseman Yonder Alonso in Offseason

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Yonder Alonso
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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney who was one of the leading habeas corpus contractors for New Mexico’s Public Defender Department for more than a decade. Before relocating to Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil lived in Cleveland and was a passionate fan of the Indians Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

Despite losing in the American League (AL) Divisional Series, the Cleveland Indians had one of their most successful regular seasons of all-time in 2017. The AL Central Club finished with its second highest win total of all-time (102) and scored more runs (818) than it had since 2006. Despite losing Carlos Santana to the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency, the Indians found a suitable replacement who is more than capable of helping the team build upon its offensive output last season. In December, the team signed free agent slugger Yonder Alonso to a two-year, $16 million contract.

The 30-year old first baseman split last season between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, and hit a career-best 28 home runs to go along with a .266 batting average and a .501 slugging percentage. The former first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds was also an All-Star for the first time in his career.