MLB Rumors: Rangers stealing Edwin Encarnacion from Blue Jays this offseason?

MLB Rumors: Rangers stealing Edwin Encarnacion from Blue Jays this offseason?

The Texas Rangers had the best record in the American League this season but they were quickly eliminated 3-0 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALDS. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the Rangers are going to steal Edwin Encarnacion from the Blue Jays this upcoming offseason.

Texas won 95 games this season to clinch home field advantage but it did not matter as Toronto came out swinging and swept them in three games. The Rangers will face a lot of questions this coming winter with a lot of players becoming free agents.

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According to Chris Bahr of FOX Sports, the Rangers still has a chance to return back to the playoffs next season. He pointed out three things to do for the team in order to do it again. First is reinforcing the starting rotation anchored by Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish.

Second is making their bullpen as deep as possible while the third is re-signing players on offense like Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez and Mitch Moreland. The report added that the Rangers can add a big bat this winter and his name is Edwin Encarnacion.

Bahr mentioned that the Rangers are already linked with Encarnacion, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The Blue Jays will have to choose between the 33-year-old slugger and the face of their franchise, Jose Bautista.

Encarnacion and Bautista are two of the hardest-hitting players in the league but the Blue Jays will have difficulty in re-signing them both. If ever Edwin Encarnacion is the one leaving Toronto, the Rangers are expected to go after him.

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Nevertheless, it should be noted that these are just MLB rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt. While the Rangers’ season is over, Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays will face the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS.

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