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A’s claim Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Blue Jays

Nov 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

Edwin Encarnacion

Oakland continues to be the busiest team of the early offseason, as the A’s claimed 27-year-old third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated last month that Encarnacion was a candidate to be non-tendered after hitting .244/.305/.482 in 367 plate appearances while missing nearly half the season with a wrist injury.

Toronto decided to clear him off the 40-man roster ahead of time and Oakland snatched him up, although Encarnacion may still end up being a non-tender candidate because the $6 million or so he’d likely command via arbitration is pretty steep for a poor defensive third baseman with a .790 career OPS.

However, general manager Billy Beane has made it clear that the A’s are looking for some right-handed power and for all hits faults Encarnacion certainly fits that bill. He isn’t much with the glove and has a .258 batting average in six seasons, but he’s also smacked 25 homers per 550 at-bats and went deep 21 times in just 332 at-bats this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    He can hit, but his throws from third base can be very erratic. The Jays will replace him at third with either Bautista or Hill. What they do depends on other moves. For example, if they sign Hudson, Hill would go to third.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Dude’s got a lot of upside, and I consider him solid over Kouzmanoff any day. Good move.

  3. Loren - Nov 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Why does it seem like Billy Beane’s latest strategy is to collect massive quantities of mediocre position players?

  4. apbaguy - Nov 12, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    That .480 slugging has the front office all excited. I’m not sure about the .305 though. Maybe they missed that part.

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