I should know better than to get too excited about the rumours that make the rounds as the baseball trade deadline approaches but anytime I see Edwin Encarnacion’s name mentioned I scratch my head. I always ask myself the same question.
Why would the Blue Jays trade a guy who has finally started to reach the potential the team had originally hoped for?
In 60 games EE has slashed 281/348/561 with 13 2Bs, 17 HRs, 44 RBIs, 6 SBs, .281 ISO, .386 wOBA.
With absolutely no defensive value at all he has already been worth 1.6 wins. He is having an all-star season and has combined with Jose Bautista to form the best homerun hitting duo in baseball.
There is no doubt that should the Jays decide to move him he would be a highly sought after commodity but the team has a stacked minor league system as it stands right now and really only a need for established major league pitching.
Any team that would interested in adding him for the stretch run most certainly couldn’t afford an arm out of their rotation when pitching is so vital to any playoff success or berth. Any possible deal involving EE would most likely be the standard multiple prospect package which the Jays currently have an abundance of at almost every position.
Unless a team were crazy enough to ponder moving a guy like Dylan Bundy (a guy can dream?) or another sure fire minor league stud knocking on the big league’s doors than I see no point in simply adding more prospect depth.
Obviously everything changes if the team has made contract overtures and is not confident they can re-sign the player either at a fair rate or at all. But I have faith in our current front office to get him signed to a reasonable team friendly contract.
It appears Encarnacion is a player starting to figure it all out at the dish and enjoys being a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, always a good combination.