Yes, your Blue Jays have signed the amazingly awful defender to a one-year deal that will pay him $2.5 million. The team’s also got a club option for $3.5 million in 2012.
I was pretty happy when Oakland claimed E5 off waivers, but I really like this move to bring him back. Why would I be happy to welcome back a guy whose defence is so bad and whose lack of hustle actually got him demoted to Triple-A at one point last season? Simple: He’s not going to be playing third.
The vast majority of Encarnacion’s fielding problems have to do with his throwing accuracy, not so much with his glove. So what can you do with a guy who can handle the glove, but not the arm, required to play third? Move him to first! And that is just what the Jays are going to do. Well, first and DH anyway.
This makes me suspect E5 will see more time at DH than at 1B. Alex Anthopoulos seems determined to see if Adam Lind can hack it at first, and that’s ultimately the way I hope things shake out. But if Lind can’t do it, or if he can’t find his swing against left-handed pitching again, Encarnacion seems like a good backup option.
* I can’t take credit for this pun. But it was first put out there by someone calling themselves “Infield Fly,” so there’s that.