Found November 01, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
The Toronto Blue Jays came into the season not really looking to contend for the AL East title as much as continuing to build towards that goal. Their 81-81 record left them well out of the race, but there's still a fair amount of talent on the roster.   WHAT WENT RIGHT Jose Bautista had another amazing season, hitting .302/.447/.608 with a major league leading 43 home runs. Having one of the best players in baseball - arguably the best - seems good. Yunel Escobar, acquired (and then signed) fairly cheaply, did well in his first full year in Toronto (.290/.363/.413). Rookie Brett Lawrie only played in 43 games in the majors, but he crushed the ball in his short time (.293/.373/.580). On the other side of the ball, Brandon Morrow had the highest strike-out rate in the AL at 10.2 K/9 and probably pitched better than his 4.72 ERA would suggest. Ricky Romero wasn't half bad himself, putting up his second straight 200+ IP season and getting his ERA under 3. WHAT WENT WRONG ...

Blue Jays pick up Encarnacion's option

The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up their $3.5 million contract option on infielder Edwin Encarnacion for next season and declined an option on reliever Jon Rauch. The 28-year-old Encarnacion appeared in 134 games as a third baseman, first baseman and designated hitter last season. He hit .272 with 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 55 RBIs. Rauch, 33, appeared in 53 games for Toronto...

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Blue Jays pick up option on INF Encarnacion

The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up infielder Edwin Encarnacion's $3.5 million option for next season. The club also declined their option on right-handed reliever Jon Rauch. Encarnacion, 28, hit .272 with 17 homers, 36 doubles and 55 RBIs in 134 games last season. Rauch went 5-4 with 11 saves and a 4.85 ERA in 53 games out of the bullpen.

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Jays' options: Yes on Encarnacion, no on Rauch

The Blue Jays brought Edwin Encarnacion back into the fold on Monday by exercising their $3.5 million option on the designated hitter for the 2012 season. Toronto faced a similar scenario with veteran right-hander Jon Rauch, but opted to buy out the final year of his contract for $250,000.

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MLB Diamond Notes: October 31st, 2011

Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp Win Hank Aaron Award. Both Kemp and Bautista were honored this past week with the Hank Aaron Award. This award was first given to players in 1999 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Ruth’s career home run mark and is intended for the player in each league with the most impressive offensive performance. The MLB-sanctioned award is voted...
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