One-year deal with Encarnacion not considered yet

According to TSN’s Rick Westhead, the Toronto Blue Jays have not considered offering a one-year contract to free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

In other Edwin news, despite the Cleveland Indians being one of the many teams reportedly interested in signing Encarnacion, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says a deal between the two sides might be hard to come by.

Rosenthal believes Cleveland offering Encarnacion a contract similar to what Yoenis Cespedes got from the New York Mets (three years, $75 million with a one-year opt-out) would be “far-fetched.” A one-year deal might be the best route to get the 33-year-old in Cleveland colours for 2017, says Rosenthal, but it’s unlikely Encarnacion would be interested in that type of pact.

Encarnacion posted a .263 average with 42 home runs and 127 RBIs over 160 games in 2016 with the Jays, his eighth year with the team.