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Monday, November 7, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE PRIMER: EDWIN ENCARNACION 1B FREE AGENT

Having already gone in-depth on Yoenis Cespedes as he gets set to cash in on the free agent market, another massive slugger who will also get a ton of attention this winter is hulking first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.  While he will turn an aging 34 in January, Encarnacion comes off a blockbuster 2016 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays where he slammed 42 home runs, drove in 127 batters, and hit .263 for the team.  While the Blue Jays have not gone in-depth yet in their talks with Encarnacion, they have made it no secret their desire to re-sign him and outfielder Jose Bautista in order to take another shot at the playoffs in 2017.  Encrnacion will get ton of attention on the market however and rightly so and the Boston Red Sox figure to be front and center there since they have to fill their DH hole left by the retired David Oriz.  In fact Encarnacion is a natural replacement for Oritz as he is still on top of his game and has the massive power to hold down the DH spot on a daily basis.  While his average has slipped a bit as he entered into his 30's, Encarnacion is still capable of some of the best power in the game in terms of reaching the hallowed 40-HR and 120-RBI plateau.  The Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, and Texas Rangers are all options as well but this looks like an AL East fight between the Sox and Jays.


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