7:49 AM EST, Mon January 16, 2017

The trickle-down effect of signing Edwin Encarnacion on the Indians’ roster

The Indians’ signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal that includes a club option for a fourth year filled the club’s biggest need on the roster, gave the lineup a significant upgrade and sent a shockwave through a fan base that had been waiting for that kind of a free-agent haul for quite some time. The deal will send the Indians’ payroll soaring far higher than would have been expected even 12 months ago, with Encanracion’s deal combined with the $9 million a year that Andrew Miller will make as the other major acquisition since July. Carlos Santana’s $12...
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