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The Blue Jays probably aren’t re-signing Edwin Encarnacion. Oh, they’re interested in re-signing him, even reportedly offering him "about" $80 million before they signed Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract, according to Jon Heyman. However, $80 million over four years isn’t going to cut it, so this is more "Look, we tried" than legitimate effort, and even if Toronto says they believe Encarnacion can play first base well enough for them to be OK with having both he and DH-only Morales around, it’s hard to think they’re being truthful about their feelings.
It’s a step up from the two-year deal they offered Encarnacion last spring, but he wanted something well over $100 million then, and then he had another high-powered season at the plate. The dude’s demands are not going to have dropped to the $80 million range, so, like many teams before the Jays, who submitted offers that seemed reasonable enough to those who truly want to believe that their favorite free agent is leaving through no fault of their favorite team, Toronto offered just enough that they would have happily taken Encarnacion back without the expectation that they would ever have to.
And really, that’s OK. Encarnacion will be 34 years old, and he’s hitting now, but not every successful mid-30s slugger keeps being David Ortiz forever. Only David Ortiz worked that way unless you want to count Barry Bonds, and mileage will vary on that. The Jays don’t want to get stuck with an aging, expensive (former) slugger. You knew this was going to be the case the moment Mark Shapiro took control of the organization, and you’ve likely already made peace with it even if you didn’t want to outright admit this was happening. Signing Morales for maybe one-third or one-fourth of what Encarnacion will get, if not even less, was an opportunity the Jays jumped on. Encarnacion will end up elsewhere, and even if Toronto can’t get Morales to replicate their lost star, at least they’ll have some cash to inject elsewhere in the roster.
- Here is a photo of Bartolo Colon riding a scooter.
- J.P. Crawford has a dog, and that dog is giant, and that dog keeps him from playing video games.
- Rich Hill is the best starter on the free agent market. As your brain adjusts to that sentence, let’s think about where it is he’ll sign, and for how much.
- Dave Dombrowski traded for and extended Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers are open to dealing Cabrera. Will the Red Sox, the team Dombrowski now runs, now trade for Cabrera to replace David Ortiz?
- There are 34 players on the recently unveiled Hall of Fame ballot, with 19 newcomers including Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero.
- The Yankees will likely pass on big-ticket free agents this winter, because the ridiculous class of 2018 is just one year away.
- The Royals might want to consider bringing Billy Butler back to Kansas City.
- Mark Melancon is a perfect fit for the Giants, and here are all the reasons why.
- A few days ago, Ken Rosenthal reported that MLB is investigating an alleged sexual assault at the Rangers’ Dominican Republic baseball academy. On Monday, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported the details of this investigation, and they are jarring.