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Edwin Encarnacion could help a contender

Aug 10, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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He’s more expendable than ever in Toronto following Brett Lawrie’s arrival, but Edwin Encarnacion, who has been tearing it up for the Jays for more than two months, could be a nice piece for a contender this month.

Encarnacion was the Toronto offense last night, going 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks in a 4-1 loss to the A’s.  He’s hitting .435 in August and .336 since the beginning of July.  In fact, he’s been pretty hot for about 10 weeks now, with a .310 average, nine homers and a 30/20 K/BB ratio in 181 at-bats since June 1.  He’s slugging .541 over that timeframe.

With Jose Bautista back in the outfield, the Jays can have Travis Snider and Eric Thames split time between left field and DH in Encarnacion’s place.  Snider was sent back to the minors last week to make room for Lawrie on the roster.

Encarnacion probably wouldn’t clear waivers because of the streak he’s on, but he could be traded to the first team that claims him.  That might be Cleveland, who would have room for him as a part-time first baseman and DH.  The Angels and Yankees are others that could use his right-handed bat.

  1. seanmk - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    i know he’s a butcher with the glove but i hope the phillies could possibly get him as polanco insurance. won’t happen though, he’d get claimed most likely

    • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

      I think defense is more important at the hot corner than a bat. In reality they need a Left-Handed power bat off the bench more than a RH power bat.

      • professor59 - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        More likely the Phillies will grab Pedro Feliz from the independent league before they spend another nickel on players. He has a good glove and I hear he’s tearing up that high school pitching.

        But seriously, Feliz still has a lot of friends in the front office, and they are considering it.

  2. RK - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    I’d support the Tribe picking him up except I’m not sure who I’d take off the roster at this point to make room for him. Oh wait, Austin Kearns!

  3. duckandabluesailor - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    As a jay fan, I can’t understand the logic in Jose being the outfield. Lawrie is a natural second baseman, so why the hell is Hill still playing?? Jose third, Lawrie second, that leaves for outfield spots for Snider, Rasmus, Thames and Davis to fight over.

    • seanmk - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      how is lawrie a “natrual second baseman” he’ll be lucky to be able to stick at third. he’s probably a future outfielder as he grows. Hill can rebound but it will probably be with another team. rajai davis is a 4th/5th outfielder, he should not be starting

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Interesting isn’t it. Prior to the trade deadline, I thought that he was perfect trade bait and was surprised that he was not traded. The Jays have an option on him for next season at a reasonable price. He could be traded in the off season. The Jays also have a hot hitting first base prospect (Cooper) in Triple A who could replace E5 on the roster.

  5. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Im all in favour of flipping E5 for some pitching but to me Snider is more expendable. hes had his chance several times and its evident hes just one of those guys who can rake in the minors but cant adjust to ML pitching. theres nothing left for him to learn in the minors, maybe a change of scenery would do him some good. dont get me wrong, I like the kid but the way the Jays keep him bouncing between the minors and the big leagues is getting ridiculous and its unfair to him

  6. rsnorth - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Snider’s back in the minors so he won’t be splitting time in LF. Cooper might get called up, but trading E-5 Encarnacion while he has some value would be the Jays best move.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Thought I had fixed that before anyone noticed.

  7. cur68 - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Teahen at this point is WAY more expendable than EE. He went in as a pinch runner for Encarnacion last evening and basically stood at 1st. Why not the light-speed capable Davis was a mystery to me. At this point EE is a valuable part of the offence. If you’d have asked me a month before the AS break I’d have said trade him for a sack of balls, but the kid worked his arse off and has actually improved his D in addition to creaming the baseball, so the ‘can’t play defence’ argument seems a bit harsh in light of his excellent play at 3rd while Bautista was down with a sprained ankle.

    Sure, a contender could use him. But the Jays need him more. He should be near Escobar in the order, with the way those 2 hit. Scare the crap out of a pitcher if it was Escobar, Encarnacion, Bautista he had to face. All 3 are real patient & can hit for average as well as power.

  8. APBA Guy - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    I enjoyed the game last night, not just because the A’s won on the road, but because the game moved along and I like the New Look Beaver Boys: all the younger talent like Rasmus and Lawrie, and a solid pitching staff.

    But I don’t think the answer is trading E5 unless you can do something about the weak spots. Otherwise, he’s a reasonable bat at a reasonable price at DH and back up 3B.

    The real questions are: why is Hill playing second still? He reminds me of Mark Ellis-all field, no hit. And what about Adam Lind? He looks lost at the plate. Again. He’s way too inconsistent. If trading E5 can help you there even indirectly (ie moving Lawrie to 2B and Bautista to 3rd), then maybe. But offense is harder and harder to find these days. So don’t hope for a trade just for a trade’s sake.

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