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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.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.