Report: Oakland A’s ‘Considering a Run’ at Edwin Encarnacion

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.

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.

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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