Jays once put Edwin Encarnacion up for grabs

In June 2010, Edwin Encarnacion was designated for assignment, meaning any team could have had him...

In June 2010, Edwin Encarnacion was designated for assignment, meaning any team could have had him for next to nothing. (Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

TORONTO - Anyone could have had Edwin Encarnacion. All it would have taken was a phone call and a cheque for $20,000.

The date was June 20, 2010. The Blue Jays had designated Encarnacion for assignment, which essentially made him available to anyone in baseball. Only no one wanted him. Alex Anthopoulos didn’t receive a single phone call from anyone representing a big league club.

Now look at Encarnacion and see one of the real treasures of Major League Baseball. He had a breakout season last year and looks to be bettering it this time around in this Blue Jays season going nowhere.

The quiet Encarnacion is third in the majors in home runs, fifth in RBI, eighth in slugging percentage, 10th in OPS: Superstar numbers for a player obtainable by anyone in the game.


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