Given the benefit of hindsight, things could’ve worked out much differently for Edwin Encarnacion and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Despite Encarnacion’s clear and overwhelming desire to stay in Toronto and on offer on the table from the Blue Jays, Edwin ended up in Cleveland with the Indians. Only now are we learning some of the details from the Blue Jays’ negotiations with Edwin Encarnacion’s camp.
Heyman is reporting that things circled back to a one-year deal from the Blue Jays to Edwin Encarnacion.
Once the Jays returned to talk contract with Encarnacion after removing their original $80 million, four-year bid, they were talking about one-year deals with him — though of course, by then they’d already given a three-year, $33 million deal to Kendrys Morales, which changed their equation.
I’m really not sure how much credence there is to this; the gap between a four-year/$80 million deal is cavernous, and I can’t see how the Blue Jays could’ve gone from one extreme to the other.
Unless Edwin Encarnacion’s value had plummeted so far that the Blue Jays were willing to come back with a high AAV offer, one which may or may not have had an opt out included.
The fact that Heyman said “one year deals” makes it sound like there may have been several different scenarios or variations of a one-year deal for Edwin Encarnacion.
We may never know when contract talks officially broke off between the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion, but Jon Heyman indicates things may have gone south after the Jays signed Steve Pearce.
While Encarnacion came into the winter preferring to return to Toronto, where he felt comfortable, he is said to have soured a bit on that situation because of the way things went, with the Jays canceling a meeting the first day of the Winter Meetings with him following their surprise signing of Steve Pearce, which further limited their interest in Encarnacion.
There was some inkling that the Kendrys Morales signing lessened on a Blue Jays-Encarnacion reunion, but the Pearce signing subsequently all but shut the door.
And then one last little bit of bit of information which Jon Heyman also mentioned in that piece; apparently the Houston Astros presented a three-year/$66 million contract to Edwin Encarnacion at some point, presumably prior to inking Carlos Beltran to a one-year/$16 million deal.
Whether it was from the Toronto Blue Jays or another team, one thing’s for sure about Edwin Encarnacion this winter; he left a lot of money on the table from somebody.