Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion achieved ten-and-five rights yesterday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. It once seemed quite unlikely that the now-32-year-old would ever establish himself enough to earn a no-trade clause, as Davidi explains. Toronto can control Encarnacion next season with a $10MM club option, but his future beyond that remains unclear. “I like this city, I’d love to stay here but it’s not my choice,” said Encarnacion. “They have to decide what they’re going to do, if they’re going to sign me or not. I’m open to be here and to stay here in Toronto.”
Here’s more from Toronto and the rest of the east:
- All indications are that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos “has been busy trying to make something happen for a while now,” writes Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. Toronto may be willing to give significant value for a truly high-quality player that makes a perfect fit for the club’s overall situation, says Davidi, much as it did in signing Russell Martin and trading for Josh Donaldson. That being said, it seems unlikely that Anthopoulos and Co. will part with its best young talent for a pure rental, the report suggests.
- Anthopoulos tells reporters that the Blue Jays nearly pulled off two trades in May, but has not come as close since, as Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports (Twitter links). The GM added that he’ll consider moving prospects for rentals if the price is right, noting that he discussed a deal last summer involving young players Kevin Pillar and Sean Nolin.
- he Yankees are in a solid position right now, but need to address three pressing questions, Joel Sherman of the New York Post argues. First, the club need to decide whether and when it will pull the struggling CC Sabathia from the rotation, and whether it will replace him with an outside addition (Sherman suggests Jeff Samardzija as a viable option). Another veteran, outfielder Carlos Beltran, has produced at the plate but not in the field, and Sherman wonders whether he could be a trade option for the Angels to plug in at DH. And New York must also decide how much it is willing to cough up to add the versatile Ben Zobrist, per the piece, if and when he’s made available by the A’s.
- Meanwhile, across town, the Mets are in no rush to deal Jon Niese, writes Newsday’s David Lennon, who explains that the club still needs innings from him given limitations on its younger starters. Of course, Niese (and his salary) could ultimately be part of a deal — whether to add a bat or future assets. But as things stand, it does not appear that there is much momentum towards any kind of trade. Indeed, per Lennon, the Mets have not even had “serious conversations with two teams (Cubs, Dodgers) that reportedly have interest in the lefty.
Joel….don’t you understand that Beltran has a full no-trade clause….Also the Yankees don’t need Samardzija…If they pull CC it would be for either Warren or Severino…And for Zobrist…they can have their choice of any prospects not named Judge.Severino.Mateo.Wade.or Kaprielian……
Yeah, Yankees will need to sacrifice one of their big prospects if they want someone who can play multiple positions and is a great defender.
Agreed.. The A’s gave up their top prospect to get him.. There is no way they will take a low level prospect for him.. With so many teams rumored to be after him somebody will wind up overpaying.. Also, Cashman has been chasing Samardzija since last year.. I doubt he is going to all of a sudden lose interest..
So a team that has a policy against NTC’s have had 2 players go 10-5 on them this year. A little ironic.
Giving a NTC in a contract is far different than having it vest via the CBA. Tell us what you would have done differently?
The Jays should trade Dickey for Niese and Parnell which would be an even trade. New York owe the Jays big time for stealing Syndergaart and d’Arnaud for Dickey. Syndergaart would have looked good in the Jays starting rotation now while Dickey has shown repeatedly that the numbers were right and he is a disaster in the AL, just like when he was with the Twins.
I’d say there is no way the Mets do that trade. They are interested in trading Niese because they have superior pitching options and only so many roster spots. Dickey makes more than Niese if I am correct, and Parnell is a good reliever. Also, I would say at this point that Niese is superior over Dickey, and is cheaper. It would be foolish for the Mets to do that trade.
Why would the Mets want Dickey? They wouldn’t even want him if the Blue Jays were giving him away for free. They have Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Colon with Wheeler coming back next year and Montero and others on their way up. They don’t have to owe anything to the Blue Jays because of their own mistake.
The Blue Jays, more than any other team in my opinion, need to go all-in for 2015 and 2016 and trade for Cole Hamels. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are huge bargains at 14MM and 10MM per season respectively, as is obviously Donaldson at 4.3MM and whatever his arbitration salary will be next year, before his salary will rise significantly in 2017. Even if they trade for Hamels, they can turn down RA Dickey’s $12MM club option next season to help pay for Cole Hamels’ salary. They should also go after Francisco Rodriguez on the Brewers. That is a championship team.
Agreed, I don’t think any of our prospects should be declared untouchable right now, I think AA should load them all up on the truck and drop them off in Cinncy or Phili for either a Cueto/Chapman or Hammels/Pappelbon, just keep our 25 man roster together and use the Hoffmans, Norris, Pentecost & Pompeys to land a big fish
Agree that the Jays need to make a move to add a starter and a reliever but totally disagree that Hoffman or Norris need to be added in any trade. I would trade for a rental and try to resign him in the off season. There’s a reason the Red Sox and Cubs didn’t met the asking price for Hamels, if you don’t grow your own core you will not be successful.
If you are truly a fan you would understand how making the Marlins and Mets trade did nothing but hurt the future.
I am actually a Tigers fan, but I don’t think the Blue Jays did that poorly in either trade frankly. RA Dickey has not been the Ace they traded for, but they aren’t paying him 20MM a season either, and at the very least he’s been dependable for innings these past two seasons. Syndergaard is only now breaking into the major leagues and would not have helped them the past two seasons. Jury is still out on whether he becomes a bonafide ace. D’arnaud has yet to breakout also, and they would not have signed Martin this year if they still had D’arnaud. Martin has been a great signing.
As for the Marlins trade, while Josh Johnson didn’t work out, Buerhle has also been a dependable back of the roration innings eater and Reyes has been much better than Hechevarria. Hechevarria is having his first good season this year. Marisnick hasn’t done much either.
The Ynkees need to call up Luis Severino to fill out their rotation. Why trade away young talent when they have some where they need it?
that looks weird. i don’t understand how NYY is in a solid position just because the AL East is weak. NYY is really in a precarious position because AL E is winnable for basically all the teams (well ok, maybe not BoSox) not to mention that at this rate, even making it to postseason probably means getting swept. CC is done as a effective starter, has been for a couple of years.
General Manager Sandy Alderson is going to do what he does best, nothing! If he is doing anything right now, it’s comedy! The Mets could and should trade Neise, and perhaps others such as Murphy at this point since this season seems to be already lost.