Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Cardinals have not contacted Edwin Encarnacion's representatives at this point.

A report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that the Cards could target sluggers such as Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo following the Dexter Fowler signing. However, general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that right now he's looking more at complementary pieces at this point, suggesting a run at Encarnacion or Trumbo is unlikely. However, with Encarnacion's market in particular looking like it's fallen, some teams that hadn't been in on the bidding could jump in.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 9 - 12:32 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins "remain in the mix" for Matt Dominguez on a minor league contract.

Wolfson says Dominguez is mulling over a few offers and is expected to decide in the next 72 hours. The 27-year-old would probably be a long shot to win an Opening Day roster spot regardless of where he signs, but Minnesota wouldn't be a bad landing spot.
Dec 9 - 10:42 AM

Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch write that the Cardinals "could become more aggressive than previously believed," with Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion as "possible pursuits."

Interesting. The report says that the Cards' reported five-year, $80 million-ish contract for Dexter Fowler "could signal a pivot" for the club that "makes them a player for other free agents." Justin Turner has also been previously linked to St. Louis as a potential corner infield option. The Cards have already committed to playing Matt Carpenter at first base next season, but it sounds like they could explore signing a first baseman and presumably moving Carpenter back to third base. Encarnacion's market in particular isn't as robust as most figured it would be, and St. Louis might consider taking advantage.
Dec 9 - 9:38 AM

Blue Jays selected RHP Glenn Sparkman from the Royals with the No. 13 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Sparkman posted a 5.22 ERA in 60 1/3 innings this summer between four different levels of the Royals' minor league system, topping out at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He'll likely struggle to find a spot on Toronto's major league roster out of camp next spring.
Dec 8 - 10:17 AM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers continue to be in touch with Edwin Encarnacion.

The Rangers apparently haven't given up hope on landing a deal with Encarnacion, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported that the finances might not line up here. Stay tuned. The Indians have also been linked to Encarnacion, while Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins indicated earlier on Wednesday that the team's path to re-signing their veteran slugger is less than evident at this juncture. EE's market really hasn't developed yet. He'll get paid by somebody.
Dec 7 - 8:12 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that the chances of re-signing Edwin Encarnacion are looking dim.

"If there's a way [to bring him back], I don't see it. I don't think [Encarnacion's agent Paul Kinzer] sees it either but we haven't stopped trying," Atkins said. The Indians and Rangers are two teams linked to Encarnacion, though USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier on Wednesday that the Rangers may not have the money to bring him into the fold. The veteran slugger looks unlikely to sign with a team before the end of the Winter Meetings. Toronto is moving forward with recent additions Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce.
Dec 7 - 6:13 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Rockies have shown interest in Marcus Stroman.

While the Rockies are reportedly intrigued by Stroman, Morosi relays that they would not be willing to trade Charlie Blackmon straight-up for the 25-year-old right-hander. Stroman is coming off a 2016 season in which he held a 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio over 204 innings pitched. This was his first season in the bigs with more than 20 starts.
Dec 7 - 4:58 PM

Blue Jays signed LHP Brett Oberholtzer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Oberholtzer, 27, posted an ugly 5.89 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this past season between the Phillies and Angels. He became a free agent after being outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster last month.
Dec 7 - 4:04 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network writes that Edwin Encarnacion probably won't sign a contract before the end of the Winter Meetings.

Encarnacion's reps went into the Winter Meetings optimistic that they would find a deal there, but things didn't exactly work out as planned. And there's simply not a lot of time left before everyone departs National Harbor, Maryland. Regardless, Morosi writes that multiple teams remain interested in the veteran slugger. The Indians have emerged as an unlikely suitor while there have been conflicting reports about the Rangers. With teams like the Red Sox and Rockies out and the Blue Jays only a remote possibility, his market is rather cloudy.
Dec 7 - 2:27 PM

The Rangers don't have the money to sign Edwin Encarnacion or another marquee free agent, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Marly Rivera of ESPN reported earlier in the day Wednesday that the Rangers and Indians were both still in talks with Encarnacion, so who knows what to believe. We wouldn't be surprised if there's some posturing going on. The one thing we do know is that Encarnacion's market isn't nearly as lively as originally expected. And that could open the door for a number of scenarios.
Dec 7 - 2:15 PM

Marly Rivera of ESPN reports that the Rangers and Indians are both still in talks with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The Indians have only emerged as a possibility after Encarnacion's market has been slow to develop, but the Rangers have been a great fit all along. Similar to his time in Toronto, he could potentially split time between first base and designated hitter in Texas. The big question is how much Encarnacion's camp will be willing to compromise in regard to years and dollars. As Jeff Passan reported early Wednesday morning, Encarnacion's camp is in "wait-and-see" mode as they try to find the right fit.
Dec 7 - 9:59 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion is currently in "wait-and-see mode."

It's not by choice, but his market just hasn't worked out as hoped until this point. In fact, Passan hears that no team has been willing to go beyond three years and $60 million thus far. Encarnacion still figures to find a nice deal in the end, but he'll be 34 in January and this speaks to the hesitation about a player with his profile. With his market being slower than expected, the Indians and Rockies are two teams who have been connected to him this week.
Dec 7 - 9:23 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are "back in talks" with Jose Bautista.

The two parties spoke Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, per Heyman's source. Bautista is struggling to find a healthy free agent market after posting a relatively weak .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. He rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Jays in November, which ties him to draft pick compensation. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears the Red Sox have already ruled out a run at Joey Bats, if that was ever a realistic landing spot for the 36-year-old former All-Star. Heyman says Baltimore is out too, and that Orioles officials told Bautista's camp "O's fans just don't like him." There is some level of interest from the Indians, but they seem very comfortable in wait-and-see mode.
Dec 6 - 7:30 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets that he is "not sensing much momentum" between the Indians and free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Crasnick says Encarnacion is looking for a "longer, more lucrative deal" than the Indians are willing to offer at the moment. Cleveland is a perfect fit, but the franchise rarely spends big in free agency and EE wants the world as one of the top bats in this market. An option dried up for him Tuesday when the Red Sox signed Mitch Moreland to play first base, which will shift Hanley Ramirez to DH. Maybe the Indians can slow-play this and watch Encarnacion's price fall into an agreeable range.
Dec 6 - 6:35 PM

Red Sox officials have informed Jose Bautista's camp that "they are out on signing him," per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

It's been a slow-moving market so far for Bautista, who posted a relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. There are durability and defensive concerns as well, but he should eventually find a sizable contract from some team.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 6 - 4:13 PM


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