Blue Jays Extend Edwin Encarnacion

2:05pm: The deal guarantees Encarnacion $29MM, including a $2MM buyout for the $10MM club option in 2016, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Encarnacion will earn annual salaries of $8MM, $9MM and $10MM.

10:17am: Edwin Encarnacion has been traded, claimed, non-tendered and designated for assignment in the last three years. His next three years figure to be considerably more peaceful. The Blue Jays announced that they signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $27MM contract extension. The deal covers the 2013-15 seasons and includes a $10MM club option for 2016.

Edwin Encarnacion - Blue Jays (PW)

Encarnacion, 29, was on track to hit free agency this coming offseason. The Wasserman Media Group client has enjoyed a breakout season so far in 2012, with 23 home runs and a .295/.382/.565 batting line through 356 plate appearances. Encarnacion has career batting line of .264/.341/.465 in eight seasons with the Blue Jays and Reds.

Encarnacion is known for his power, not his defense, but he has successfully transitioned to first base this year. He has split his time between first base and DH in 2012, and figures to continue in that role for the duration of his extension.

The deal is roughly comparable to the free agent contracts signed by Michael Cuddyer (three years, $31.5MM) and Josh Willingham (three years, $21MM) last offseason. However, those two players signed on the open market. 

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108 Comments on "Blue Jays Extend Edwin Encarnacion"


yabud
3 years 1 month ago

Eddy!!!

3 years 1 month ago

nice deal

Ikannoka
3 years 1 month ago

Reasonable extension for Jays

shockey12
3 years 1 month ago

Well…I guess we’re not trading him.

3 years 1 month ago

That’s a nice deal for both sides!

3 years 1 month ago

With an option. 

Good times to be a Blue Jay fan.

3 years 1 month ago

Not really. 

Morley C
3 years 1 month ago

 Don’t like it, jump off the bandwagon.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Aside from not being able to keep any of your starting pitchers healthy, right?

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

Now that the Giants can take on this salary:

To San Francisco:
1B Edwin Encarnacion

To Toronto:
1B Aubrey Huff
93 pieces of Lincecum’s hair since that was the last time Toronto has won the WS

Howard
3 years 1 month ago

aubrey huff? lol really? no… really??? 

3 years 1 month ago

obviously a homer. is it that hard to tell, dam(n). . . .

3 years 1 month ago

aubrey huff still plays? 

Kurisu Rg
3 years 1 month ago

 Nah, Aubrey is too busy sharing therapy sessions with his old pal Khalil Greene
(this might get me banned…)

Toronto310
3 years 1 month ago

I like the deal, if they didnt they might have giving him a 12.5 mil qualifing offer, 50/50 he accepts that. So in eccence they bought 2 more years for 15 mil.

3 years 1 month ago

For someone who could hit 35-40 HRs this year, that’s a very reasonable price, not to mention the commitment ends before he gets old.

3 years 1 month ago

It kind of reminds me of the Joey Bats deal. Jays signed Bats to a reasonable deal once he went nuts becoming MLB HR champ, taking a chance on a player hoping he keeps it up, and the player gets the financial security. Very similar circumstances with Eddy. 

3 years 1 month ago

and he can actually play a passable 1B. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

he’s actually pretty decent at 1B, its been a nice surprise.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

Well he was never called E3

3 years 1 month ago

ya it has been a very nice surprise.

3 years 1 month ago

E5 could always position himself, move his feet and catch – the man just couldn’t throw! That is the reason why we (the Jays) still have a hole in left field. Love the extension, I’ve told my friends before he could be our Ortiz.

JesseeA
3 years 1 month ago

Interesting, but it seems a bit risky. A career OPS of .805, and he only had two years prior to this season where he topped an .800 OPS. Since he’s not good defensively, he’ll be of little use if he doesn’t continue to produce.

He looks to hit 35-40 home runs this year, but he’s never topped 26 in his career.

3 years 1 month ago

people said the same thing about bautista’s extension…look how that turned out…risk = potential reward

Rabbitov
3 years 1 month ago

Any argument here is gonna be Bautista vs. Lind, just saying.  

Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

Lind was a good gamble.. he literally had to become one of the worst full time players in the league to make that deal not look good.

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

He’s made what? 1 error this year at first base?  I have no problem with EE at 1st base for the next 3 years.

3 years 1 month ago

I take it that you probably haven’t been watching the Jays the last few years. First thing, he is decent at first base. He has more mobility and range then some first basemen in the league. Second, he has been mashing the ball consistently since last June (2011). Third, he has made a noticeable mechanical adjustment that has payed consistent dividends. Fourth, he has been running the bases really well this year particularly for a person with his pop. Fifth, a couple of EE’s down years need to be viewed as negatively impacted by a recurring wrist injury (and maybe the psychological disaster that came with playing 3B).   Once you take all of these things into account and you see that he is top 15 in wRC in the last calendar year, then I think the extension looks really great for both sides.

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 1 month ago

Career stats don’t always tell the whole story; Encarnacion has thrived since being moved from 3B. He has a .296/.366/.527 line when playing 1B or DH, and that development has been evident to any Blue Jays fan watching for the past couple of years. 

3 years 1 month ago

Great Extension!

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

This is a really great deal, and this has great potential to be just as good as the Bautista deal.  Jays have a solid 1,2,3,4 combo in the lineup for a few years now. Great work AA!

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

 Now go forth and find ye some pitching!

Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

Wow AA is such a ninja!
First part of the King Felix & Justin Upton Trade.Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Most team friendly deal in the league, AA is a Genius..

did i miss anything?

Toronto310
3 years 1 month ago

Bautista is the most team friendly deal, but EE is a solid signing, it was going to be interesting if AA would offer him qualifing offer at 12.5 to net a draft pick or not, but  that is moot now. If he provides 100 hr over the next 3 years, its a steal.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 1 month ago

 Jered Weaver has the most team-friendly deal in the league.

3 years 1 month ago

Are you saying that Edwin is going to be a part of a deal for Upton or Felix?

the_show
3 years 1 month ago

The man hasn’t even built a playoff team before let’s hold off on the AA coronation…

3 years 1 month ago

Way to confuse everybody.

Kiran Raul
3 years 1 month ago

“Most team friendly deal in the league, AA is a Genius..”

Evan Longoria disagrees

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

The Rays took into account all the times he would be on the DL, so technically it evens out.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 1 month ago

I chuckled

zolttt
3 years 1 month ago

evan longoria reads this website more than any other player in the league, because he is always on the DL 

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 1 month ago

Fans were saying that about the Lind contract, to be fair. But like Lind’s deal, it’s a good gamble that any of us would make. 

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

The Jays have made worse deals than Lind.  Lind isn’t even really breaking the bank with his contract, it’s just he played so bad the beginning of this year he barely earned a penny of it.  It’s the risk you take, unfortunately all of them won’t work out.  But when they do…you’re Jose Bautista.

TheodoreRoosevelt
3 years 1 month ago

Yep, that’s my point. You can’t usually judge a contract at the time of its inking (e.g. “bargain”), you can only judge whether it was a worthy gamble. Both EE and Lind’s extensions represent/ed good rolls of the dice.

3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, I wouldn’t call Lind’s a bad contact considering the context under which it was signed. I don’t think there were many signs that he was going to tank as badly as he did, and it wasn’t like they threw twenty million or ten years at him. It was a reasonable risk. So is this. 

Casey McMahon
3 years 1 month ago

Great deal. Watch him mash with some cost certain future ahead of him!

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

I marvel at the Blue Jays coaching staff!

There were so many problems along the way with EE and his development.  Looky here….they got another player that frustrated his former teams (Jays included!) hitting like everyone thought he could.  All the Jays coaches get bonuses!

 

3 years 1 month ago

hitting coaches: A+
pitching coaches: F

3 years 1 month ago

Murphy has helped about half of the Jays hitters and had pretty much the opposite affect on the other half.

3 years 1 month ago

i would really really want jays to get one of the big 3 starting pitchers to compete
hernandez, hamels or greinke
wandy or garza would do as long as our best prospects arent gone
cooper or gomes is fine
i think cooper or gomes is gone for sure this year (with good trade value) for a starting pitcher

mwagner26
3 years 1 month ago

 I hope you don’t mean Felix Hernandez, because if we trade him, we’re going to take your entire farm system.  I think the Jays will be huge on Greinke and/or Hamels.

3 years 1 month ago

Not to mention Cooper or Gomes would be nothing more than a throw in on any Wandy or Garza deal.  

diesel2410
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe the Jays should focus on pitching for once…

3 years 1 month ago

They have been.  They’ve been focusing on the fact that they have been brutally unlucky in regards to the rash of injuries to their pitchers.

3 years 1 month ago

They have,Your obviously not a Jays fan. They have high upside pitchers is low minors and it will take a couple of years for them to come up.

joeblowto
3 years 1 month ago

Prediction: Felix will be going to Toronto. Snider, Lind, Escobar and a pitcher going to Seattle.

aricollins
3 years 1 month ago

Haha, why would the Ms ever do that? Which of those guys will help them when they’re next competitive?

Felix would bring back a far better haul than that. Think Toronto’s best prospects, not the players you think they can do without.

Jaysfan724
3 years 1 month ago

People love to think other teams would want players their current team doesn’t want anymore.  Hey! Lets throw in Cordero too, that might ice the cake for the trade.

cyberboo
3 years 1 month ago

Toronto’s best prospects are pitchers.  Seattle traded their number 2 pitcher Pineda and a B prospect for an overhyped catcher named Montero and Noesi who flamed out in the majors.  Hernandez makes 20 M a season which is an albatross contract and when was the last time he won 15 games, let alone 20.  Would Seattle trade Paxton, Hultzen, Walker, and Franklin for Hamels?  I highly doubt it and Hamels has outpitched Hernandez.  If Seattle wouldn’t be that stupid, why would anyone think Toronto is, especially when you see the trades AA pulls off that other Gm’s only dream about.  If Seattle picks up 90 percent of his salary, they might get two elite prospects, but they would have to eat most of his salary in the same way teams have to absorb cost to trade players.  Greinke has outpitched Hernandez and he too has a Cy Young, but teams will obtain him for 1 elite prospect, 1 B, plus perhaps 2 C class players.  Greinke also costs a lot less in salary.  Only in Seattle would they want five elite prospects for the same player.  lol.  Dream on.  The best pitcher in the game is Halladay and he was acquired with 1 elite prospect, 1 B prospect and a C prospect. The fans see things like this.  For teams to acquire one of their players, you sell the farm to get them.  If Seattle wants the same player, they will offer a couple of B prospects and see it as a fair trade.  lol.  It doesn’t and never has worked like that.  lol.  

3 years 1 month ago

 norris, syndergaard, cooper might get the deal done

3 years 1 month ago

I hope this isn’t serious, because that’s not even close. Also, Cooper doesn’t really add much their.

3 years 1 month ago

More like JPA, Marisnick, Sanchez, and Norris.

3 years 1 month ago

yeah not even close.