Blue Jays sign utilityman Steve Pearce

Posted December 06, 2016

He was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays in 2014 after the Orioles designated him for assignment but turned Toronto down. It's not clear if a Pearce signing shuts the door on Encarnacion returning.

Encarnacion hit at least 34 home runs with 98 RBIs over each of the past five seasons.

After all, fandom isn't built around rational objectivity, but emotional subjectivity.

The Jays are considered unlikely to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista after the signings of Pearce and Morales, though things could change.

"I do think a lot about the fans' perspective, a great deal as a matter of fact, and I lose sleep over it when decisions like these have to be made", Atkins said.

"We felt like we could have done that with Edwin at the forefront of our offseason". This gives manager John Gibbons and the Blue Jays some much-needed versatility in the infield. He had a tremendous season for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, posting an.840 OPS with 13 home runs, but looks to be on the way out as the Cubs already have a surplus of outfield talent.

Kinzer went on to explain that the Blue Jays offer came during a "quiet period" for his client and he wanted to see what was out there on the open market. The right-handed hitter can play first and second base as well as left and right field. Steve Pearce meets a serious need for a first basemen to share fielding duties with Justin Smoak and newly acquired slugger Kendrys Morales.