MLB, Aug 1, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (left) and pitcher Stephen Strasburg against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion/Corey Kluber

Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) reacts after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) in the first inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion is making his home with the Cleveland Indians after that kind of-sort of trade that included Kendrys Morales (it wasn’t really a trade, it was just weird timing) it is looking really good for the slugger. Even though his projections may prove otherwise.

Encarnacion’s Steamer projections on FanGraphs say he could hit a .254/.349/.485 line, but the reason for the regression could be the ballpark factor leaving a hitter’s park like Rogers Centre to now Cleveland and we all know when an athlete blows out 30-plus candles on his birthday cake he’s automatically considered old. But he’s still looking in his prime as he heads into the season, sliding beautifully into the Indians lineup.

When it comes to Corey Kluber, and the rest of the Indians as a matter of fact, he was a wonderful surprise and was able to rebound from a not so great 2015 season. The former Cy Young Award winner went 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 over 215 innings and was even in AL Cy Young Award talks last year.

The city of Cleveland was over the moon happy for the team that made its way to the World Series, the addition of Encarnacion only continues the hype.

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Jessica Kleinschmidt
Jessica is a sports writer with an obsession for baseball. You can catch her in the stands or in the media booth. She's the one with the big hair. In addition to Sportsnaut, Jessica has been featured on Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, and MLB Nation.