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MLB Winter Meetings: Blue Jays Mulling Trade of Edwin Encarnacion For David Price?


Jonah Keri of Grantland has dropped a bombshell of a rumour that is “making the rounds” at the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida today stating that the Jays are mulling a trade that would involve slugger Edwin Encarnacion in exchange for Rays Ace David Price.

Let that sink in for a moment.

It would be the second straight year in which the Blue Jays would be involved in the biggest news story of the offseason. After the initial shock and sheen of the Jays potentially acquiring yet another Cy Young winner subsides, the actual merits to the deal look less than stellar. As Keri himself puts it:

Toronto has gone too far down the road of adding veterans and trying to win now to justify trading one of the best power hitters in the game, even though starting pitching needs to be the team’s top priority.

While clearly the Blue Jays would be loathe to give up one of the best power hitters in the league on perhaps the most team friendly contract in baseball for such a player, it’s possible they feel that replacing Encarnacion’s bat in the line up through another trade or free agency is more palatable than finding another Price like pitcher on the market.

What do you think? Is David Price worth trading Edwin Encarnacion?

 

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  • Jason Ramnauth

    No!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe Chris Sale

    • jordan

      this is the rays not the white soxs maybe they don’t want to give him up…. the rays will give up price

      • jordan

        But this is still a rumor

        • Jason Ramnauth

          I’m just saying I would prefer other pitchers than price. His mechanics seem off this postseason. But not facing price 3 times a year would be nice

  • david s

    What an awful rumour! Talk about making another hole that would have to be filled. No, no, no. The Rays would not want to pay Encarnacion’s salary… at least I hope they would not. Too high a price. The Big E needs to stay in the Big Smoke.

    • Travis Bateman

      Encarnacion’s salary is a relative bargain though, with the new TV deal sending every MLB team $25-million, the Rays are likely more willing to take on someone with a slightly higher salary that provides even more value…despite the odds of this happening barely above zero, its still fun to think about!

      • david s

        So does that mean the Blue Jays salary could top at 175 million as opposed to 150? When did this TV deal come into play Travis? I am ignorant.

        • Travis Bateman

          The Jays knew this TV deal giving each team an additional $25-million in revenue was going to kick in starting in 2014 heading into last offseason, so its possible that they upped the payroll initially knowning these funds were on their way, so it doesn’t necessarily mean they will up payroll by an additional $25-million, but it is entirely possible

          • david s

            Thank you Travis. Most interesting.

        • Travis Bateman
  • brad

    Wow that’s tough…. I would probably pull the trigger but with the caveat of a reasonable contract extension. Edwin is the best player on the Jays without doubt….. but Price is likely the best player on the Rays as well. Whether we chose to accept it or not, EE is on the wrong side of 30 and it’s way easier to replace a power hitting DH/1B than a bonafide #1 starting pitcher. Even if the Jays go out and sign choo afterwards, it’s still cheaper than adding a starting pitcher through free agency. Would rather Bautista and a prospect but I’d make this deal

    i doubt the rays want the salary though

    • Travis Bateman

      If the trade were to happen (doubtful) the Rays would actually end up saving around $8-million over the next two years given EE’s salary and David Price’s expected arbitration awards. If we were in some fantasy land where this was more than a rumour, I would expect the Jays only to pull the trigger if they had an EE back up plan (i.e. Choo or someone of that ilk) ready to sign the moment it happened.

      • brad

        Fair enough. I would just assume that if they’re trading Price it would be to clear more salary than 4mil a year though. I think EE is more replaceable than Price but there’s definitely no point in making this trade if they just leave an open hole where EE used to be.