The New York Yankees are looking to improve their offense this offseason and they will likely look for a big bat in free agency. The latest MLB rumors imply that the Yankees could sign first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to a contract this winter.
Encarnacion and the Toronto Blue Jays’ season ended on Wednesday when they lost Game 5 of the ALCS, 3-0. The Cleveland Indians eliminated the Blue Jays 4-1 and send Toronto into the offseason full of uncertainty.
Besides Edwin Encarnacion, the Blue Jays also have to worry about re-signing Jose Bautista. Many reports indicate that both will leave Toronto while some thinks that one will be staying and one signs with a different team.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Boston Red Sox is the likely landing spot for Encarnacion with the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees as other suitors. The Red Sox are looking for David Ortiz’s replacement while the Rangers and Yankees need big bats.
Brandon Kuty of NJ.com believes that the 33-year-old slugger is a good fit in New York since the team was 22nd in runs scored this season. However, he also mentioned that the Yankees should trade Brian McCann first before going after Encarnacion.
“The 33-year-old has hit 36 homers or more in each of the last five seasons. He’s a first baseman, but the Yankees would use him at DH with Greg Bird on his way back from shoulder surgery,” Kuty noted.
“Of course, that would leave Brian McCann without a spot, but it’s doubtful the Yankees would sign Encarnacion without the idea they would trade McCann,” he added.
Edwin Encarnacion will likely look for a contact north of what the Detroit Tigers gave Victor Martinez in 2014, which is a four-year, $68 million deal. The main problem for the Yankees in signing Edwin Encarnacion is not the money but the Red Sox giving him a ridiculously high offer.
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