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Yankees land slugger Edwin Encarnacion in trade with Mariners

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Yankees land slugger Edwin Encarnacion in trade with Mariners

The MLB trade deadline is more than a month away, but the Boston Red Sox's arch rival already is making moves.

On Saturday, the New York Yankees acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Seattle gets pitching prospect Juan Then in return.

Encarnacion will be inserted into an already-fearsome lineup that soon will have both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back from their injury rehab assignments. While New York is set offensively, they likely will be searching for pitching help before the July 31 trade deadline.

In his age 36 season, Encarnacion currently leads the American League in home runs with 21. He has hit 20+ homers in each of his last eight seasons.

The first-place Yankees are five games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.

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Alex Cora explains rationale behind Red Sox decision to DFA Eduardo Nunez

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Alex Cora explains rationale behind Red Sox decision to DFA Eduardo Nunez

Eduardo Nunez played an important role for the Boston Red Sox during their run to a World Series title last season, but he wasn't able to consistently produce at the plate against left-handed pitching this year. 

This lack of offense was among the reasons behind Boston's decision to designate Nunez for assignment Monday.

"It wasn't working out against lefties," Red Sox manager Cora told reporters before Monday night's game versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. "Where we're at, roster-wise, Michael (Chavis) is going to play against lefties and righties most of the time. I feel we need more offense against left-handed pitching. ..."

Nunez is batting just .200 (14-for-70) against lefties in 2019. He also has 12 strikeouts and just four walks versus left-handed pitching. Nunez, overall, is batting .228 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 167 at-bats. Injuries, to be fair, also have played a role in his disappointing performance.

Plain and simple, the Red Sox have several other players capable of giving the team better offensive production than Nunez, and it just didn't make sense to keep giving him plate appearances over players such as Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt, Sam Travis and Michael Chavis.

Mitch Moreland also could return to the lineup in the near future. He's set to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket this week, per Cora.

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Andrew Cashner sees Red Sox as 'dangerous team,' excited to play Yankees

Andrew Cashner sees Red Sox as 'dangerous team,' excited to play Yankees

The Boston Red Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in Major League Baseball this season, but newly acquired starting pitcher Andrew Cashner is still optimistic about the club's outlook in the second half of the year.

Cashner, who was acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, will make his first start for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. He talked to reporters for the first time since the trade Monday night at Fenway Park, and the veteran right-hander believe in the talent on this team.

"I think this is a dangerous team," Cashner said. "I just don't think they've played to their potential yet. I think the thing I'm looking forward to most is playing the Yankees."

The Red Sox enter Monday 10 games behind the rival New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. The Sox and Cashner will get several attempts to cut into that lead with eight games versus the Bronx Bombers over the next three weeks. 

These matchups should play a pivotal role in the postseason race, which Cashner is excited to experience after not playing in any meaningful games during his short career with the Orioles.

"I'm definitely looking forward to the race," Cashner said. "It's something I've never been in, really. I don't think it's going to inspire me as much, it might give me a boost of (velocity), but as far as inspiring me, you have to prove yourself every year in this game. For me, every year I'm trying to prove myself that I still belong here."

Cashner was among the few bright spots for the Orioles this season. He tallied a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 29 walks over 96 1/3 innings in 17 starts for Baltimore. He should provide much-needed depth at the end of the rotation, and his ability to rack up innings also is important. Boston's bullpen has been used a ton this year and the results have been poor. Cashner has thrown six or more innings in eight of his last 10 starts. 

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