The defending American League champion Indians are reportedly “pulling out all the stops” for free agent 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
The Indians have been in pursuit of a free agent first baseman, having also been linked to Mike Napoli, Mark Trumbo, Chris Carter, and Adam Lind. Meanwhile, Encarnacion has reportedly received multi-year offers from six teams, per his agent Paul Kinzer.
Encarnacion, who turns 34 years old next month, had a terrific 2016 season, batting .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 702 plate appearances. The Indians got decent production from the first base position out of Napoli, but Encarnacion would be a big upgrade.
WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.
He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.
Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.
The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.
Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.