May 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (5) tags out Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) after trying to stretch a single into a double at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE
Edwin Encarnacion was expected to be one of the top hitters available in the trade market this month, someone that the Rangers might have interest in as a potential 4C guy and righthanded bench bat. Well, scratch him from the list:
BREAKING: @BlueJays sign Edwin Encarnacion to 3-year, $27 million deal through '15 with $10 million club option for '16.— MLB (@MLB) July 12, 2012
Encarnacion, originally drafted by the Doug Melvin Rangers in the fifth round and traded (along with Ruben Mateo) to the Cincinnati Reds for Rob Bell is one of Melvin's more cringe-worthy moves, has had a breakout season this year and was eligible for free agency at season's end. My initial reaction is that this is a pretty good deal for team and player...Encarnacion gets security, and the Blue Jays lock up a nice hitter for a reasonable amount over a reasonable term, with a relatively cheap club option tacked onto the end.
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