Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
1 day ago

Encarnacion, in his spring debut, went 2-for-2 and drove in a run Saturday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

It didn't take long for Encarnacion to look comfortable in an Indians uniform. Cleveland's prize off-season acquisition delivered the team's first run of the spring season with a first-inning RBI single to left field. Encarnacion will serve as the new cleanup hitter for the Tribe's potent lineup. He manned first base on Saturday, but he will also see time as the club's designated hitter this season.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
2 weeks ago

Indians manager Terry Francona said that he isn't sure whether Encarnacion or Carlos Santana will act as the primary first baseman in 2017, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Regardless of where he plays, Encarnacion will be a staple of Cleveland's lineup thanks to his hitting prowess. However, his primary position in 2017 could impact his value moving forward, as being the primary DH could limit his value in leagues that don't have a convenient spot to place designated hitters on the active roster. His power is undeniable and his patience at the plate is extremely commendable, but it would be a boon to Encarnacion's value moving forward if he can amass enough innings at first base to maintain eligibility at that position for the years to come.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
2 months ago

Encarnacion agreed to a three-year contract with the Indians on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal will be worth close to $20 million per season and include an option for a fourth year. Encarnacion will replace Mike Napoli at first base for the American League champs and become the primary run-producing force in the heart of the batting order. He hit .263/.357/529 with 42 homers and 127 RBI in his final year with Toronto, earning his third All-Star selection. As he enters his age-34 season, Encarnacion continues to walk at an elite clip and his hard-contact rate has held steady, so there's little reason to expect a dramatic decline in production despite the move to a more pitcher-friendly home park.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
2 months ago

The Blue Jays front office has not considered making a one-year contract offer to Encarnacion, Steve Rick Westhead of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Encarnacion appears to have overestimated his value on the free-agent market. The slugger has yet to find a team willing to give him the expensive multi-year deal he's seeking. Cleveland and Texas have recently been linked to the Encarnacion sweepstakes, and he continues to (surprisingly) remain in contact with the Jays. In his eighth season with the club, Encarnacion posted a .263 average with 42 homers and 127 RBI over 160 games in 2016 with the Jays.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
3 months ago

Toronto, where Encarnacion has played since mid-2009, is no longer pursuing the free-agent slugger, Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio reports.

EDGE Analysis

Toronto essentially closed the door on Encarnacion when the team signed Steve Pearce to a two-year deal Monday. The 33-year-old's options appear to be dwindling as Houston is another team that dropped out of the expensive race. Encarnacion is still in talks with the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians, and his agent, Paul Kinzer, expects the power hitter to sign a deal during the winter meetings.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
3 months ago

Although the Jays recently signed designated hitter Kendrys Morales, general manager Ross Atkins expressed on Friday that the club is still interested in bringing back Encarnacion, the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Atkins admitted the acquisition of Morales does decrease the likelihood of Encarnacion returning to Toronto, but also said it doesn't eliminate the possibility. The slugger has benefited from the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre over the past three years, slashing .279/.369/.575 at home, compared to .260/.353/.513 on the road. Although the talk is exciting for Jays' fans, the team hasn't shown many true signs of pursuing a long-term agreement with Encarnacion.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
4 months ago

Encarnacion's return to the Jays is extremely improbable following the team's acquisition of Kendrys Morales, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Encarnacion turned down Toronto's qualifying offer, and the team's signing of Morales signals the former will likely be playing elsewhere in 2017. The Jays began retooling their lineup by reaching agreement on a $33-million, three-year contract with Morales pending a physical, a move that that essentially parts ways with Encarnacion and sets up Justin Smoak to see plenty of action at first base.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
4 months ago

Encarnacion received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is expected to turn down the $17.2 million qualifying offer, but a draft pick will now be attached to him as a free agent, which will reduce his value on the open market.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
4 months ago

The Jays expected to extend a qualifying offer to Encarnacion, a potential free agent, once the World Series ends, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a season-ending news conference Monday, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the decision to extend an offer is "about as easy a decision as we'll make." The 33-year-old Encarnacion tied Boston's David Ortiz for the AL lead with 127 RBI while hitting 42 home runs and batting .263 in 2016. He signed a three-year, $29 million deal in in 2013 and is coming off a team option at $10 million. Teammate Jose Bautista is also said to be receiving an offer.

Edwin Encarnacion
1B/DH CLE
5 months ago

Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with two walks, a homer and three RBI in Sunday's series-clinching win over the Rangers in the ALDS.

EDGE Analysis

In shades of the AL Wild Card Game, Encarnacion unloaded on an 0-1 pitch from Colby Lewis during the bottom of the first inning and sent it over the wall in left field. Encarnacion is now third all-time in franchise history with four postseason home runs, trailing only Joe Carter and Jose Bautista, who each have six. The slugger is absolutely destroying the ball through the first four playoff games of 2016, going 6-for-16 with three walks, three homers, seven RBI and five runs.