The Oakland Athletics are the latest team to be linked to free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
The Oakland Athletics are considering a run at free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
A’s are the latest team to consider run at Encarnacion https://t.co/ZNNpaPdyTo
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2016
Heyman mentions that the A’s could just be bargain hunters who feel like they can get Encarnacion on a discounted deal since he is still a free agent, but that much is not known yet. Considering the A’s don’t have to give up a first-round draft pick to sign Encarnacion because they finished with one of the bottom 10 records last year, their interest makes sense.
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It’s been a while since the A’s were players for a “big name” free agent, though. The last time the financially strapped Athletics pursued a prominent free agent was back in 2011 when they made a $65 million offer to Adrian Beltre. Oakland was eventually outbid by the Texas Rangers, who signed Beltre to an $80 million contract that grew to $96 million once his option was exercised, but they at least made an attempt to sign a major free agent.
On top of the A’s interest, multiple teams — including the Indians, Rangers, Cardinals and Rockies — continue to reportedly express interest in Encarnacion. It’s not known whether the soon to be 34-year-old slugger would take a deal with less term, but at this point in free agency I’m sure teams will be offering him short-term deals.
Heyman did say the Toronto Blue Jays remain interested in Encarnacion, and the team is reportedly still in contact with him, but the team is yet to make a new offer.
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