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?