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The Blue Jays have signed Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $27 million deal

Jul 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Edwin Encarnacion AP

Big news from north of the border: the Toronto Blue Jays have signed Edwin Encarnacion to three-year, $27 million deal. It kicks off next season and runs through 2015. There is a $10 million club option for 2016.

Encarnacion is having a career year, hitting .295/.382/.565 with 23 homers and 58 RBI.  The home run total is already a career high. His career high in RBI is 76 and he should surpass that too. He’s 29 years-old.

This is a good deal in my view. It’s not a price that suggests that the Jays are expecting 150 OPS+ production from Encarnacion for the next three years.  Indeed, Mark Reynolds will make more over the next two years of his deal than Encarnacion will make over the first two years of his and Mark Reynolds is terrible.

Seems like a solid deal for a guy with an above average bat who just may put up another significantly above average season or two over the next few years.  It also takes a potential trade target for many teams off the market.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    A very sensible extension indeed. It doesn’t break the bank and will be worth it as long as he doesn’t dramatically fall off the map.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    A very solid move by the Jays. A few rumor peddlers had been foolishly predicting that the Jays might trade him at the deadline. AA has said that he is a buyer not a seller. Next up is a trade for a pitcher. Encarnacion always had power, but had been extremely inconsistent and had been a very streaky hitter.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Good move if he can keep producing, but I’m worried he’ll regress to the Edwin we saw when he arrived here. No contact, no power, no fielding ability. Jays really need some pitching and it seemed like this guy would be a prime candidiate to trade for some.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        He has been fielding well at first base this year. The vast majority of the errors he committed when playing third were throwing errors.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      too bad the jays are still holding up last place, lol

  3. mydadyourmom - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Yes!! Love Eddie and his one arm up homerun trot.

  4. papacrick - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Must be something in the Canadian water that turns these guys into major sluggers when they touch down in Toronto. Just ask Joey Bats

    • cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Its playing time & coaching. I asked my high school coach about why he had me on the track team, once. I sucked, so it was a legit question. He said I was pretty quick & had good endurance for a guy with lousy form. He compared me to a kid he cut: posted the same time with excellent form (we ran the 400m, 800m & 1500m). Coach said that’s as good as that kid was going to be. With coaching and regular reps I improved a lot. Same with JB & E5. Terrible form, inconsistent playing time, but both guys put bat to ball A LOT, if only to foul, pop, or line out A LOT. Give them regular jobs, coach them up and, well, you know: here we are.

      • missthemexpos - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        Great points C68, for many years there was lots of talk about how Dave Duncan with the Cardinals could work wonders with pitchers that never really did too much for other teams, maybe time for some credit to the Jay coaching staff for the job they have done on some hitters that struggled to get things going elsewhere.

    • paint771 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Just too bad the water also makes pitchers arms’ fall off, or we’d be bottling it.

  5. randygnyc - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I find both Bautista’s and Encarnacion’s new found power, um, very suspicious. With that said, 9 million per year is a steal if his new found success will be representative. Heck, Oakland gave that to Cespedes, before even swinging at a major league pitch.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Bautista always had pop, but the Jays gave him a new swing and a chance to be an everyday player. Obviously those two things made all the difference in the world.

    • ezthinking - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      I find Roger Maris’ power from ’60-’62 suspicious. And Fisk in ’85, and Foster in ’77-’78, and on and on and on…

      Fire up the excuses for Maris, let’s hear’em.

      If you’re not getting the point of this, well…..

  6. Detroit Michael - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    The Bautista extension worked out but the Lind extension didn’t. On average, these extensions tend to be a good idea from the club’s point of view. Having AA as general manager merely increases my confidence level in this decision.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I’m just going to go ahead and ask it: why doesn’t he put down his right arm when he rounds the bases after a homer until he rounds third?

    • cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Counterbalance for the awesome as he takes the turns?

    • tmohr - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      His salute to Jeffrey “One Flap Down” Leonard?

    • missthemexpos - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I love the uniqueness of his airplane circling the bases after a homer.

    • ezthinking - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Kind of like Mel Hall’s extra batting gloves in his back pockets to wave ‘bye-bye’ to the pitcher.

    • jaysjunkie - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Yeah, I HATE that arm thing Edwin does on his trot. Not a fan of the flex thing him and Bautista do either, but hell, I’ll put up with it if it means another run or more scored.

  8. cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    A sold deal for a solid guy. E5 doesn’t deserve the E5 handle anymore since his D has been pretty good this season. Keeping him on the same team with Jose “Fivel” Bautista is another great move by AA. He worked hard to get over his shoulder injury last season and has returned to justify the trend in form he had in ’06-’08 & ’10 (so anyone who thinks this is some sort of ‘sudden’ power is either a troll or a baseball illiterate. Seriously, baseballref is free, folks), only this time with Batting Average. He’s on pace for around 50hr this season and high watermark for average & OPS (currently .947), too. Beaver Power = E5.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      E5 doesn’t deserve the E5 handle anymore since his D has been pretty good this season.

      He still deserves the E5, because he’s truly abominable at 3B. Don’t confuse decent defense THIS year at 1B with all around acceptable defense. The Iron Glove is still better off at DH.

      • cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        You just jealous ’cause his BA & OPS are higher than Fivel’s. After the break I anticipate his HR tally will pass him, too. He might be “Iron Glove” at third, but he is Solid D at 1st & Left Field. AND he shoulda been an All Star.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        A great play or two at 1B do not elite defense make :)

        For his career Iron Glove still allows more runs to score than the average replacement player no matter where you put him. Also, solid D in LF? Based on what? ONE game? Sample Size much? I doubt Farrell will try that experiment with any sort of frequency except irregular.

        I will note his hitting has improved in correlation with the less attention he has had to pay to fielding practice. Stay DH Edwin, don’t try to be what you aren’t. Just hit dingers!

      • cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        P’shaw! You’ll say anything, won’t you? Just jealousy, is all. E5 is a stud, bat AND glove (@irrationalhomerstats). Did you see him there in LF? DID YOU? He was FANTASTIC. Even with all that awesome making him top heavy. And whaddyamean “a great play or two”??? He’s been flat out AWESOME at 1st (and, yes, I DO look at the world through E5-Coloured glasses, so you can keep your fancy pants stats and ‘facts’).

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Are you guys arguing about your fantasy league teams?

      • cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        Pretty much. He stole my right fielder, the miscreant.

      • jaysjunkie - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

        I’ve seen pretty much every game he’s played this year and I’d say he’s been better than “decent” at first. “Very good” would be more appropriate IMO. He’s saved Lawrie’s ass a number of times on bad throws. Not disagreeing with you on his skills at 3B, though. Luckily, that isn’t a likely option (Vizquel and Gomes, when he was here, filled in during Lawrie’s absences).

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        I say decent instead of pretty good because in baseball it’s all about consistency, that isn’t his primary position. If he plays that kind of defense as a primary 1B and still hit a ton then I would agree with that assessment.

  9. Ari Collins - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    He needs to be an average player for the next three years for this to be worth it for the Jays. This is his first year where he’s hit that threshold. So I suppose the question is: where on the scale between his previous years and this year will his future years lie?

    Seems like a reasonable deal to me, as “average first baseman” is pretty much what I project him to be from now on.

  10. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Alex Anthoploulos is a problem

    The AL East

  11. stoutfiles - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    As someone who saw him suck it up with the Reds for years, good luck. At least you didn’t break the bank for him.

  12. badintent - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Put the Jays in most other divisions , they rule, even with a Brutal IR starting pitcher list.IF not for the Yankees, Jays rule with most power, and if Lind gets back to form , watch out ! Team speed is much better this year too. if they had a college level bull pen , they would be neck and neck with Yankees.

  13. randygnyc - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Badintent-if, if, if, if, if, if.
    If my aunt had balls, shed be my uncle.

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