Jays Exercise Encarnacion’s Option, Decline Rauch’s

The Blue Jays announced that they exercised their 2012 option for Edwin Encarnacion and declined their option for Jon Rauch. Encarnacion obtains a $3.5MM salary instead of a $500K buyout and Rauch obtains a $250K buyout instead of a $3.75MM salary.

Encarnacion, 28, posted a .272/.334/.453 line and hit 17 home runs in 2011. I explained at the beginning of September that the Blue Jays were likely to pick up his option because of his strong final four months.

Rauch, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 52 innings for Toronto in 2011, finishing the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee cartilage tear. Although he is a Type B free agent, an offer of arbitration from the Blue Jays seems unlikely.


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61 Comments on "Jays Exercise Encarnacion’s Option, Decline Rauch’s"


FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

This is almost as crazy as the Vernon Wells trade.

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 8 months ago

Almost, except without all the craziness.

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

really dont understand AA’s love for EE

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

What? He’s fairly cheap and was productive last year.

It would have surprised if the option didn’t get picked up.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

the 115 wRC+

BustBigDieHappy
3 years 8 months ago

Veteran presence in the clubhouse adds to his value. His stats aren’t All Star caliber but the option is certainly not a dumb decision.

Gurvir Nijjar
3 years 8 months ago

I think EE will be used in a trade. 

brian310
3 years 8 months ago

at worst he can be a backup corner infielder I suppose

gs01
3 years 8 months ago

Never make the playoffs with guys like E5 on the roster.

3 years 8 months ago

why?

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

Because gs01 says so.

gs01
3 years 8 months ago

Cause he’s an average player, and that doesn’t pass in this division. It’s the same every year with injuries and terrible starts to the season. He turns it up at the end of the season so he can get a contract. And his D is beyond terrible.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

you mean you can’t have a single average player on the team to make the playoffs? that’s certainly news to the Rays.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

There definetely wasn’t any average players on the cardinals..

Sincerely,

Ryan Theriot
Skip Schumaker

 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

lol i absolutely love this bonehead theory..

No team has premium high ceiling talent at every position, even the yankees have some average players on their roster,  cardinals have a lot of them , so did the giants last year.

EE is first and for most a cheap option that even if the team were to improve at any of the position he would play, namely DH, he is still an affordable bench piece. There is nothing wrong with picking up his option, and I didn’t even mention that before Lawrie came up he was our 2nd best bat for half of the year.

3 years 8 months ago

He probably doesn’t understand what “average” even means.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

Ya, like I mean EE running out of time to follow through on potential.. He’s not going to be a cornerstone of the team.. but for 3.5 million, with what he showed last year, I don’t see why you wouldn’t for that price..

If his option was for 10 million, it would prob be a different situation

3 years 8 months ago

If St. Louis can win the World Series with Corey Patterson on its roster, I’m pretty sure Toronto can make the playoffs with Edwin Encarnacion on its roster.

3 years 8 months ago

Corey Patterson did virtually nothing to help the cards. Complete waste of a roster spot. He pinch hit maybe a few times. A non-factor either way.

JP
3 years 8 months ago

“Never make the playoffs with guys like E5 on the roster”

That is such a useless comment for so many reasons.

JP
3 years 8 months ago

“Never make the playoffs with guys like E5 on the roster.”

Do you honestly believe that the Phillies, Brewers, DBacks, Cards, Yankees, Rays, Tigers, or Rangers had NO players who put up numbers like E5 on their roster?

.272 .334 .453 with 17 home runs?

I’m not a huge Edwin fan, but absolute statements like that with no basis are so silly.

gs01
3 years 8 months ago

If it’s so easy why haven’t they made the playoffs in almost 20 years?  The Jays fill the rosters with average players every year that’s why they haven’t played a meaningful game since 1993, if your happy with that and enjoy losing so be it.

Jaysfan724
3 years 8 months ago

Because it’s the AL East…you can’t get by with an entire roster filled with average guys.  The Jays have put together a great offensive team the past couple of years.  This squashes any David Ortiz to TOR rumor pretty much.  Now they can focus on getting a front of the rotation starter and improving their bullpen.

As for 2nd Base, it seems like Kelly Johnson will most likely accept arbitration.

3 years 8 months ago

 The Jays still had the 4th best offence in the whole league even with Rasmus, Hill/Johnson, Rivera struggling, and having 3 rookies (Arencibia, Lawrie, Thames), two people playing new positions for most of the season (Lind, and Lawrie) that they never played before in their careers. The offence was not a problem and it has never been a problem, every team has average to below average players (Yankees-Posada & Swisher- whos making 10 million for putting up a bit more offence than EE at 7 million more, RedSox- Youkills-who puts up around the same numbers as EE at 4times the price, Rays-Well most of that offence (not trying to affend the Rays they are a great team)).

kldhca
3 years 8 months ago

This has zero Drama 

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

well, since EE wasnt type B, there was no reason not to excercise that option

Time to do away with Lind and acquire Ortiz, with Cooper as the backup 1b

3 years 8 months ago

I don’t want to see Ortiz at first base. yikes. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

 double yikes.

3 years 8 months ago

if he plays 1b, that means the jays are in the WS next year. so…i could live with that.

Jaysfan724
3 years 8 months ago

Encarnacion at first, Ortiz at DH

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

As for Rauch, AA will still offer him arbitration in hopes that he declines. If he excepts, 4 Mil for Rauch isnt bad, he might be due for a good year

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

there is a rumor that they have a handshake agreement that he will decline

 

smokinjays
3 years 8 months ago

Source? Why would he agree to that?

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

What? 4M is awful for Rauch. Dude was flat out garbage.

3 years 8 months ago

more like raunch.  amirite?

Andy Mc
3 years 8 months ago

He wouldn’t get a raise in arb., and his contract would be non-guaranteed, meaning they could cut him in ST and only pay a fraction of his salary.

lagwagonmike
3 years 8 months ago

Why would you hope he declines? You can do a lot worse than having EE as a bench player.

3 years 8 months ago

He is a starter thank ya very much

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see why they wouldn’t offer Rauch arbitration, it’s not like him being Type B will hurt his FA value. If he accepts, great. Trade him at the deadline.

blurnandez
3 years 8 months ago

edit

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

except that if he accepts great part.. its not great to have rauch..
and trading him at the deadline for what exactly?

Andy Mc
3 years 8 months ago

He’s be on a non-guaranteed contract if he accepted. I bet he’d rather the stability of a guaranteed contract.

mhunke
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, the Jays have soooo many alternatives

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

EE didnt look bad at first at all. In a choice between Ortiz or Lind at DH, Ortiz wins every time. Cooper comes in as a back up for Encarnacion and an occasional DH

If by chance Kelly Johnson brings in a 1st round pick, jays would have replaced the pick the lost by Signing Ortiz.
At the end of the day, the guy hitting behind Bautista has to have respect. Pitchers dont respect Lind, and unless that spot is looked after Bautista’s significance in the lineup will suffer

mhunke
3 years 8 months ago

No team with an unprotected pick would sign KJ

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

There is also the possibility that Rauch hates Toronto. Maybe he doesnt want to be here anyways. I have to believe that Rauch, though he may not be worth 3.5 mil a year, is still attractive enough to get a 2.5-3 mil a year deal elsewhere

bluejayspwn
3 years 8 months ago

do we still have mark teahen for next year ?

3 years 8 months ago

Yea but even if the Jays get a 2nd rounder and a sandwich pick that is worth the first round pick in theory, because with their draft spending they can get first rounders outside the first round

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

not if the cap/slot system is already in effect

If there is a slot system next draft, then everyone will go in order and a 2nd round pick will mean 2nd round talent

3 years 8 months ago

True, I should have said barring any changes to the CBA, but at this point it seems unlikely that the 2012 draft gets changed

3 years 8 months ago

True, I should have said barring any changes to the CBA, but at this point it seems unlikely that the 2012 draft gets changed

3 years 8 months ago

True, I should have said barring any changes to the CBA, but at this point it seems unlikely that the 2012 draft gets changed

3 years 8 months ago

my god, I can’t understand why they declined their option for Rauch

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

offensively they were near the top. 

3 years 8 months ago

No, we just had to use the DL 17 times. When healthy we were pretty good (ask the Braves, Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers.)

3 years 8 months ago

I think Burnett’s great potential sailed out the window the last 2 years with the Yankees. Believe it or not, we actually got the good version of Burnett while he was with the Jays…

Zeeshan Merchant
3 years 8 months ago

exactly EE badly outperformed Lind last year, 50 points higher on OPS, Lind might have some value in the trade market (I said some), so why not keep EE and move Lind

3 years 8 months ago

With the lack of quality 2nd basemen on the market… I can see a move back to second for Lawrie and a trade for Chase Headley

EE to first and no Lind to start the season would also not be surprising

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

but….nowhere near as dumb as your comments

3 years 8 months ago

In a pitchers park he won’t be as bad, but i wouldnt recommened it. Although in Citi Field he surely wont give up as many homers

cyberboo
3 years 8 months ago

Reason number one for leaving Encarnacion at DH and NOT on the field.  .236, 0 home runs, 23 RBI’s from April until July 1st.  Encarnacion was then told to start producing or get DFA’d.  He accepted the advice and after the all star break, he was primarily DH, hit 17 home runs and built up his batting average and offensive line.  If he has to play the field, his offense will resemble the first half again and 400,000 would be too much. In 2010, Encarnacion put up his offense on four weekends and he was invisible the other six months of the season.  In 2011, he was invisible the first 3 months and then played to ensure he had a job in 2012.  With the shortage of 3rd basemen this off season, I expect him to be traded in a package for either a 2nd baseman or front-line starter.  His value is a trade chip.