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Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed baseballs, bats, cards and whatever else was thrust in front of him. He didn't seem to be enjoying...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the MLB divisions from toughest to easiest

It’s a general fact of life in Major League Baseball that some teams simply have more difficult roads to the postseason than others do. In 2016, the American League East produced three playoff teams and a fourth with a record over .500, while the Chicago Cubs won the National League Central by 17.5 games and had competition from only one other team over the .500 mark. Being in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Bautista back, Encarnacion gone from retooled Blue Jays

Only one of the two sluggers who helped turn the Toronto Blue Jays into a contender will still be playing ball north of the border this season. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it's not the one they wanted the most. Edwin Encarnacion, whose 11th-inning home run beat Baltimore in last year's AL wild-card game, called Toronto his ''first choice'' in free agency following a Championship...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana could form best Indians first baseman in a long, long time

Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana are each great on their own. Combine them and they become something else entirely. The Cleveland Indians haven’t had much in the way of good offensive production out of first base the last several years. Even going back to Ryan Garko with that mid-2000’s team, it was never more than alright. Last year they got 34 home runs from Mike Napoli...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
11 days ago  |  Discuss

5 best remaining MLB free agents

Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team.Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out there.Here is a look at the five best free agents left on the market and where they might...
Via Larry Brown Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Bautista nearing deal to return to Blue Jays

Jose Bautista appears to be on the verge of returning to Toronto. According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of on Sunday, the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner for the six-time All-Star slugger with the two sides said to be nearing a deal. Source: #BlueJays have emerged as the front-runner for Jose Bautista. He's nearing a deal with the club. #Toronto @mlb —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion’s Indians Contract Includes Very Unusual Incentive

If Cleveland Indians fans really want to show love for their team’s big offseason free-agent signing, then they should start packing the stands at Progressive Field. Edwin Encarnacion recently signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Tribe, but the veteran slugger could earn even more money based on a very interesting incentive in his new contract. According to Jon Heyman...
January 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion has attendance bonuses in his new Indians contract

Professional sports contracts have all sorts of different bonuses, including for difference performance related items, being on the roster on a certain date, etc. But for new Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, he has a bonus in his contract which isn’t necessarily new, but is quite unique in today’s sports world. Encarnacion’s three-year, $60 million contract has...
Via The Comeback
January 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion Agreed To Sign With Indians For Less Money Than Other Teams Offered

Edwin Encarnacion’s mind wasn’t only on his money when the time to choose his next move came. The soon-to-be former Toronto Blue Jays slugger’s agent, Paul Kinzer, revealed Friday that his client decided to sign with the Cleveland Indians for less money than other teams offered, according to TSN’s Rick Westhead. Encarnacion reportedly agreed to a three-year, $65 million...
December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Agent: Encarnacion turned down bigger offer from Oakland

Three-time All-Star slugger Edwin Encarnacion agreed to sign with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, but it apparently wasn’t a decision motivated solely by the money. Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, appeared on MLB Network Radio on Friday and revealed that the Oakland Athletics offered his client “[Yoenis] Cespedes-type” money, per Hazel Mae of Sportsnet. Encarnacion...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

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