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The Athletics may be bargain-hunting for Edwin Encarnacion

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Jon Heyman reports that the Oakland Athletics are considering making an offer to Edwin Encarnacion.

It’d be odd for the A’s to be into one of the top free agents on the market or for one of the top free agents on the market to be interested in the A’s, but Encarnacion’s market has sort of cratered lately. He might be a bargain for them and they may be a soft landing place for him. Especially if he’s fine foregoing any no-trade protection, allowing the A’s to flip him at some point. It’s also worth noting that the A’s finished with one of the 10 worst records in 2016, meaning that they wouldn’t have to surrender a first-round pick if they signed Encarnacion.

Speculation only now. And, given that this is a Jon Heyman report, it would not be shocking if the A’s interest were leaked by an agent in an effort to make Encarnacion’s market seem hotter than it is. It’s not crazy to imagine the A’s at least looking, however.

Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord

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John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.

The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.

Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.

The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.