Since 2012, Edwin Encarnacion has been one of the best power hitters in all of baseball. In five seasons, Encarnacion has been a three-time all star, gained MVP consideration in four seasons, and has averaged 39 home runs and 110 RBIs. While Encarnacion is already 33 years old, he does not have the wear-and-tear of a guy that has over 11 years of MLB service time. As a DH for large portions of his career, Encarnacion has not had to play the field and, therefore, has been less susceptible to injuries.
David Ortiz and the Red Sox have been enamored with Encarnacion for most of the 2016 season. The Large Father explained that Encarnacion would make a good replacement for him when he retires and the Red Sox seemed poised to offer him a large, multi-year deal. Furthermore, Encarnacion seems interested in what the Red Sox have to offer him. He spoke very highly of the city and explained that Fenway Park is one of his favorite ballparks to hit in. While Encarnacion may be blowing smoke up our asses just to get a couple extra bucks out of the Blue Jays, I wouldn't blow these comments off altogether.
Unfortunately, it appears that Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox are starting to get cold feet when it matters most. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, there are "two serious offers" for Encarnacion's services, and the Red Sox are "probably" not a finalist. This is just my opinion, but I believe the two finalists for Encarnacion are the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays, with perhaps the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers as two dark horse candidates.
Rumors surfaced at the beginning of the offseason that Encarnacion was look for a deal in the neighborhood of 5-years, $125 million, After seeing the crazy money given to Yoenis Cespedes yesterday (4-years, $110 million), this deal seems like a no-brainer. Encarnacion is a better hitter than Cespedes, and still offers some defensive ability at first base if you want to platoon him at that position with Hanley Ramirez.
The Red Sox have the perfect opportunity to fill David Ortiz' massive hole in the lineup with a player that has feasted on the AL East for as long as I can remember, yet they are leaving the door open for Encarnacion to sign with the Yankees or re-sign with the Blue Jays. The Red Sox can add to their own lineup, while also making their AL East opponents weaker.
Once again, the Red Sox' stupidity continues to amaze me. Instead of adding Encarnacion, Boston will probably give $20 million a year to Carlos Beltran and he will fall off the face of the earth.