The Toronto Blue Jays and their power hitting DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion have broken off contract talks. Encarnacion has elected to wait until after the season is over to resume negotiations.
So what does this mean for fantasy owners of Encarnacion? Well often times it means very good things. Players in contract years are extra motivated to put up numbers and get paid the following off-season. Hearing this news, I expect Encarnacion to have an even bigger year than most people expected. He’s averaged 37 home runs a year the last four seasons. I think you could very easily see this man hit 45-50 home runs if he stays healthy this season.
At the age of thirty-three, Edwin Encarnacion knows this is most likely the last big contract he’s going to get during his baseball career. He’s going to make the most of this opportunity and make sure he gets the biggest contract possible.
From a fantasy owners perspective, I love hearing this news. If I were a Toronto Blue Jays fan, I would absolutely hate this. Now the Blue Jays are facing the very real possibility of both Encarnacion and Jose Bautista walking this off-season in free agency. Enjoy this year Blue Jays fans because you might go back to being an average baseball team next year.