Each offseason there is always one signing that causes other players to sign almost instantly; an example of an extreme domino effect at it’s finest. Edwin Encarnacion has been a free agent for several months and still has not found a home. That said, Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, has been hinting to teams that his client is closing in on a new contract, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
It is unclear at this point which team Encarnacion is leaning towards at this point. Although Encarnacion’s contract has been at the forefront of almost every MLB executive’s thought process, information on his contract situation has been anything but plentiful. Even when Kinzer made a claim that six major league teams had offered Encarnacion long-term contracts, the public did not know who these four teams were.
Since that report from Kinzer, it is believed that some of the teams involved are the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. There were initial reports that the Colorado Rockies were keeping watch on the market, but they have not been linked to any offers. The other teams are not known for sure.
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At this juncture, the public would like to think it knows more than it does about Encarnacion. We know four of the six teams that are after the slugger. However, Kinzer has characterized the Blue Jay’s chance’s at re-signing their first baseman as slim. A more important piece of information we know is that the 33-year-old is close to a contract.
As for the free agent market, all we can presume at this point is Encarnación’s final destination will have drastic implications on the trade market. It is impossible to predict those implications because we have almost no clue where Encarnación is going to sign.
If what Olney says is accurate, Kinzer has began to slowly push away from teams that are not Encarnacion’s top choice right now. Presumably, we will know the future location of Encarnación sooner rather than later.