First off, we at Talking Chop would like to wish you and yours a tremendous holiday season. Without our readers, this forum for all things Atlanta Braves would not exist. Here’s to a great conclusion to 2016 and a great 2017 for all of you, and for the Braves.
Christmas will be especially nice for a handful of players around the league, as the “ca-ching” sound is surely ringing in the ears of the likes of Edwin Encarnacion and Ender Inciarte.
Encarnacion inked a 3-year, $60-million deal with the Cleveland Indians, the American League pennant winners. Adding Encarnacion to an already great team will keep the Indians contenders for at least a while longer.
Encarnacion’s agent told MLB Network that he had a bigger offer from the Oakland A’s, but opted to head to Cleveland. While there is no way to know the specifics, Encarnacion by no means ended up with the short end of the straw.
Inciarte signed a five-year extension with the Braves, exciting many an Atlanta supporter. The $30.525 million deal buys out Inciarte’s four remaining arbitration years and first free agent year, with a club option for the following season.
Based on how electric Inciarte is and how much he endeared himself to the organization and its fans, the deal seems like a tremendous one on the surface.
Another guy stuffing his pockets this holiday season is Justin Turner, who is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a four-year, $64 million contract. He was invaluable for the Dodgers at the hot corner last season, as he hit .275 with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs.
While many of our Christmas bonuses won’t be near that level, be sure to enjoy whatever you do this time of year. Thanks again to all of our readers!