MLB Trade Rumors: Could Edwin Encarnacion Be on the Move at the Deadline?

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MLB Trade Rumors: Could Edwin Encarnacion Be on the Move at the Deadline?
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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports unleashed three straight tweets on Tuesday regarding Edwin Encarnacion and his possible availability at the 2012 MLB trade deadline.

Encarnacion is set to hit the free-agent market this offseason, and Morosi claims that the Jays have made no attempt at locking up Encarnacion long term.

With the 29-year-old third baseman enjoying a breakout season—he is already one home run away from matching his 2011 total of 17—Morosi suggests that he could easily be the most coveted bats this summer if available.

His 16 home runs are good enough for second place in MLB (tied with Adam Dunn and behind the other-worldly Josh Hamilton), and his 41 RBI are good enough for third in the majors, where he's tied with Carlos Beltran.

The Jays have played nearly 50 games this season, so it's safe to say that Encarnacion's bat is here to stay.

That, coupled with a lack of success by the Jays, will make him a hot commodity at the deadline.

With experience at first base, third base and designated hitter, teams with those particular needs will definitely come calling, and the Jays may be able to capitalize on his breakout season with a big return.

If the Jays have no intention of re-signing him after the season, they would be wise to deal him and potentially receive a few strong prospects in return.

With the Orioles, Rays, Yankees and Red Sox in the same division as the Jays, it will take a lot for Toronto to make a climb toward the top of the always tough AL East.

If Toronto is anything more than five or six games behind the division leader come the end of July, they need to take some calls on their breakout star.

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