Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 8/3/13
With the recent rumours from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports regarding the Texas Rangers interest in either Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion, one has to wonder if the Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos would entertain a trade this offseason for one of his premier players. Surely this kind of deal would change the entire core of Toronto’s roster. In Bautista, gone would be Toronto’s best leader in recent memory whose emergence as one of MLB’s fierce power hitters helped get Toronto fans pushing for a winner once again. In moving Encarnacion, Anthopoulos without a doubt would be dealing his best, most productive hitter the last one and a half years, leading the club in OPS in both 2012 & 2013 so far – a surprising notion when you consider how he was designated just a few years ago. Personally, I see a deal for Encarnacion materializing at a much lower probability than I do for Bautista. Now Bautista is signed through 2015 with an option for 2016 so he can be under team ...
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