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Edwin Encarnacion | Designated Hitter | #10

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 9 (0) / TEX
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MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Yankees are "well-positioned to make a play" for free agent Edwin Encarnacion.
The Yankees are looking for a veteran power bat and just lost out on Carlos Beltran, who signed a one-year deal with Houston earlier today. The Astros had been a contender for Encarnacion, but likely took themselves out of the running by signing Beltran. With Boston also bowing out of the race, the Yankees and Blue Jays figure to be his top suitors. Talks for Encarnacion should intensify at the Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in Maryland. Dec 3 - 6:38 PM

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Edwin Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, told TSN's Rick Westhead that his client will probably sign a contract later this week or early next week.

Kinzer also said that the Blue Jays are "showing Edwin the most love," though he added that three teams have told him that they’re waiting for a new collective bargaining agreement before making an offer. Progress is reportedly being made on the CBA, so things could start to come together for him fairly soon. Kinzer also said that two teams have made "serious" offers to Encarnacion, though he declined to name them. The Red Sox have long been considered a likely landing spot, but a source told Rob Bradford of WEEI on Tuesday that they are "probably not" going to be a finalist. The Yankees, Astros, and Rangers are among the other teams in the mix.
Source: TSN.ca
Nov 30 - 9:09 AM

A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox are "probably not" going to be a finalist for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Bear in mind that this could be a case of posturing with Encarnacion's decision reportedly set to come shortly after the announcement of a new collective bargaining agreement. The other teams linked to him this month: the Yankees, Astros, Rangers, and Blue Jays. Encarnacion, 33, batted .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games this past season for Toronto. He holds a sensational .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 29 - 10:13 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com hears that the Astros are still a possibility for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The Astros reportedly made a push to sign Cespedes before he reached an agreement to return to New York. Now they'll turn to Encarnacion, who is arguably the next best bat on the free agent market. It's worth noting that Encarnacion was offered a four-year, $80 million deal by the Blue Jays before they signed Kendrys Morales. Encarnacion remains a possibility to return to Toronto, though teams like the Yankees and Red Sox are also expected to be in the mix.
Nov 29 - 3:02 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Edwin Encarnacion is unlikely to sign until the luxury tax threshold is resolved in CBA negotiations.

The current $189 million luxury tax is expected to increase to $200 million when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. The extra $11 million could make big market teams more inclined to spend big on Encarnacion and other top free agents. Encarnaction has already received a four-year, $80 million offer from the Blue Jays and has also drawn interest from Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Yankees.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 26 - 10:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that prior to signing Kendrys Morales, the Blue Jays offered Edwin Encarnacion a deal worth roughly $80 million over four years.

Heyman also notes that the Morales signing doesn't rule out the possibility of re-signing Encarnacion as well and that the offer could still be on the table. Multiple clubs have already been in contact with Encarnacion and his representatives including the Red Sox, Yankees, Astros and Rangers.
Nov 21 - 2:59 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Friday that the club signing Kendrys Morales "by no means eliminates" the possibility of re-signing Edwin Encarnacion.

Atkins did say that a reunion is "slightly less likely" now. Encarnacion has started a bunch of games at first base the last couple seasons, but he's started more at designated hitter and that spot isn't open anymore with Morales in the fold. We wouldn't expect Atkins to rule out Encarnacion returning, but his departure seems likely at this point when considering the Morales signing combined with Encarnacion's agent saying the Jays' offer came up short.
Nov 18 - 4:12 PM

Edwin Encarnacion is turning down the Blue Jays' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

The obvious move for Encarnacion, who's positioned as one of the top free agents on this market. He tallied 42 homers and 127 RBI in 160 games this summer for the Blue Jays and holds a big-time .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years. Toronto's recent three-year agreement with Kendrys Morales makes it likely Encarnacion winds up elsewhere this winter. The qualifying offer system ensures the Jays can get a compensatory draft pick if (when) that happens.
Nov 14 - 10:49 AM

Edwin Encarnacion's agent Paul Kinzer told Sportsnet 590 The Fan that his client has received an offer from the Blue Jays "but it's not where the camp wanted it to be."

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo is passing along notes from that interview on Canada's top sports radio station. Kinzer said Encarnacion's preference is to return to Toronto, but it's going to take a hefty sum given the landscape of this free agent market. EE is arguably the best bat available, having tallied 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games this summer for the Jays. He boasts a .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years. Kinzer added that he expects a resolution before the Winter Meetings in December.
Nov 10 - 1:45 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are not yet "serious players" for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Encarnacion has been seen as the obvious replacement for David Ortiz -- you might remember that Ortiz even endorsed him coming to Boston earlier this summer -- but Rosenthal hears that the Red Sox are focused on more short-term solutions like Carlos Beltran and Kendrys Morales. It's smart from a due diligence perspective and things could obviously change here at any moment. The Blue Jays are making a push to re-sign Encarnacion and there has reportedly been some progress, but don't look for a quick resolution here.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 9 - 9:12 AM

The Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion "have made at least some progress in talks," reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

This basically backs up what was reported by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca on Monday. The Jays are said to be "making a push" to re-sign Encarnacion and have at least given him "something to think about" as he tests the open market. Encarnacion is one of the top names available this winter, so we aren't exactly anticipating a quick resolution here, but he's clearly a top priority for Toronto.
Nov 8 - 12:26 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays "are making a push" to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion "after some fruitful talks have apparently given the free-agent slugger something to think about."

Davidi says that "things have the potential to move fast," but there's "no guarantee" the two sides will be able to reach an agreement. They'll have to put something together quickly in order to keep Encarnacion from being able to negotiate with other teams, as the Blue Jays' exclusive negotiating window ends at 12:01 am ET Tuesday night. Davidi notes that an important factor in negotiations is Encarnacion's desire to remain with the Blue Jays, so it sounds like Toronto could potentially get a bit of a discount here. Encarnacion is one of the top bats available in this winter's market.
Source: Sportsnet
Nov 7 - 9:42 PM

Blue Jays extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion.

Toronto will now pick up a compensatory draft pick should Encarnacion sign elsewhere as a free agent. The club also extended a qualifying offer to Jose Bautista but did not give one to Michael Saunders. Encarnacion will be one of the most sought-after hitters this winter after averaging 39 home runs over the last five seasons.
Nov 7 - 5:12 PM

Edwin Encarnacion will get a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jays.

This is so that Toronto will get a compensatory draft pick if Encarnacion, one of the top free agent bats on the market, signs elsewhere this offseason. The veteran slugger finished the 2016 campaign with 42 home runs, 127 RBI, and an .886 OPS.
Nov 7 - 2:00 PM

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald mentioned Edwin Encarnacion as a player the Red Sox could target in free agency.

It's just speculation but the dots have been connecting to Encarnacion in Boston for quite some time. The Red Sox need to replace David Ortiz at DH and Ortiz has publicly campaigned for Encarnacion to be his successor. Of course, Boston's payroll is already north of $200 million and Encarnacion won't come cheap. Carlos Beltran might be a good fallback option if Encarnacion falls out of the Red Sox's price range.
Nov 5 - 4:49 PM

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3B1Josh Donaldson
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4Aaron Loup
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