The conventional wisdom is that the Blue Jays want to retain free agent DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion and that Encarnacion wants to stay in Toronto. I suspect that will still happen, but round one of the negotiations was not successful for the club.
We hear that via Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, who told Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto that his client has received an offer from the Blue Jays “but it’s not where the camp wanted it to be.”
Encarnacion is one of the top free agents available this offseason and, though he declined a bit in 2016, has been one of the best and most reliable hitters in baseball for the past five years. He’ll get his money, be it from the Jays or someone else.