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The Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion are talking extension

Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Edwin Encarnacion negotiations, the fate of Yoenis Cespedes' pig and baseball extensions out of Missouri.

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Maybe things aren't going great in Jose Bautista negotiation land -- in the sense that there won't be any negotiations taking place there -- but hey, at least the Blue Jays have Edwin Encarnacion. The two sides are reportedly having preliminary extension discussions, and while those could go as south as Bautista will have to in order to find work in a year, for now, it's all about hope. Well, for now, anyway: Encarnacion plans to end extension talks if a deal isn't reached by the end of spring training. The clock is ticking, Toronto.

There is no word on how much money or how many years Encarnacion is expecting, but he'll be 34 years old after the 2016 season and is talking about ending his career with the Jays. From that, we can guess he is probably going to look for five years. As for the money? That's a little tougher to figure out, but given Encarnacion compares favorably to Chris Davis over the last four years -- Davis is the only player with more homers than Encarnacion since 2012, and Encarnacion has been more consistent than Davis in the rest of the offensive game -- you can bet that it's going to be a lot.

Davis signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles. At his age, Encarnacion won't negotiate for those years, which, in conjunction with that consistency, should raise the average annual value he's looking for above the $23 million Davis ended up with. Five years, $125 million? Five years, $140 million? Who knows if the Jays would be interested at that price, but either way, they still have his 2016. That might be all they get -- for Bautista, too -- but that's no small thing in the present.