Edwin Encarnacion Signs a Three-Year, $65 Million Deal With Cleveland

Andrew Stoeten
December 22 2016 06:11PM

Edwin Encarnacion
"Finally, I'm gettin' PAID!" Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

And here we have it -- or here Jon Heyman has it: Edwin Encarnacion will play in Cleveland next season. 

It's a three year deal for $60 million, with an option for a fourth year with a $5 million buyout -- so $65 million in total, as confirmed by Jeff Passan. A great move for Cleveland, a great fit for that team (and for keeping Edwin out of the hands of the fucking Red Sox or Yankees), and a gut punch for the Blue Jays and their fans.

The Blue Jays should be the team giving him this money. Plain and simple.

So what happened?

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Bautista, Encarnacion, and the Value of Draft Picks

Andrew Stoeten
December 22 2016 02:11PM

Ross Atkins
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A whole lot of Blue Jays fans are understandably aghast that the club seems to have little interest in bringing back Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, despite the fact that we’re supposed to believe that they can now be had at bargain basement prices.

I’m not sure how much I buy yet that the two sluggers won’t still get their money, or something pretty close to it, but either of them going elsewhere for anything like a discount is going to be awfully difficult for fans to swallow.

Their big question will be a simple one: why?

The easy answer is draft picks, but it’s definitely more complicated than that. So let’s think about that a little...

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The Latest on Bauista and Encarnacion: Unspinning the Agents' Spin

Andrew Stoeten
December 21 2016 08:25PM

Edwin Encnaracion and Jose Bautista
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The agents for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are getting a bit desperate, and would like to pit you and your emotions against the Blue Jays’ front office in an attempt to sway the club into becoming a more serious pursuer of their clients.

Or, at least, that’s the sense that I get after the last couple days of rumblings from the ol' rumour mill.

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Yes, We're Talking About Jay Bruce Again (And Also Granderson)

Andrew Stoeten
December 19 2016 10:41PM

Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce
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Ken Rosenthal wrote an interesting piece at Fox Sports here on Monday evening, explaining the Mets' mess of an outfield, and how they're going to have to find themselves either a full-time centre fielder, or at least somebody to platoon there with Juan Lagares (who was positively Pillar-esque against right-handers last year).

Yoenis Cespedes will be their left fielder, while in right they have Michael Conforto (who probably should be given the reins already), as well as Jay Brice (heard of him?) and Curtis Granderson.

Enter Rosenthal's colleague Jon Morosi an hour or so later:

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The Blue Jays, Run Prevention, and Maybe a Different Way to Think of the Off-Season So Far...

Andrew Stoeten
December 19 2016 08:30PM

Kevin Pillar
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These are uneasy times for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fans are getting restless. The fate of a national phenomenon hangs in the balance. And the knives, if they’re not quite out yet, are at least being sharpened in the media. By Scott Stinson in the National Post, Richard Griffin in the Toronto Star, Mike Passador at BP Toronto, and others.

The fruit, it hangs very low.

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