Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind (left) is congratulated by outfielder Colby Rasmus after hitting a home run against the Mariners at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Sept. 13, 2012. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)
TORONTO - Alex Anthopoulos struck gold by keeping the faith with Edwin Encarnacion.
Maybe that’s why he seems to be sticking with both centre fielder Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind, the Jays’ DH/ first baseman.
Prior to heading off to next week’s winter meetings in Nashville, Anthopoulos met Wednesday with reporters to discuss a variety of topics.
The fate of Rasmus and Lind were among them.
Since being acquired by the Jays in a deadline trade with Cincinnati in July of 2009, Encarnacion had been mostly a conundrum. A clank at third base, Encarnacion would show flashes of power but through his first 21/2 seasons with the Jays, he was definitely more miss than hit.
Each season, though, Anthopoulos would bring him back claiming the organization believed there was a lot more in his bat than he had shown.
In 2012, Encarnacion and his new short, powerful swing struck gold as Steady Eddie had a career season belting 42 home runs and driving in 110 runs.<