By Joe Stiglich
Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 1:40 pm in Uncategorized.
More news from the A’s transaction wire today … They claimed third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Toronto, signaling that Kevin Kouzmanoff’s status is in limbo after one year as the starter at third. Encarnacion hit just .244 last season but popped 21 homers with 51 RBIs in just 96 games. That homer total would have led the A’s last season (Kouzmanoff had a team-high 16 homers). Encarnacion spent a short spell in the minors and also had two DL stints for shoulder and wrist injuries, accounting for his lower number of games played.
I asked A’s assistant GM David Forst if he considered Encarnacion a candidate to start at third. “I think we’re probably (three) months away from spring training. We obviously have him and Kooz on the roster right now. We have to make some decisions,” Forst said.
Those decisions figure to come quickly, as Dec. 2 is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Kouzmanoff and Encarnacion, 27, both are up for arbitration. Kouzmanoff made $3.1 million last season and Encarnacion made $4.75 million. Both play third base and both hit right-handed, so I don’t see the A’s keeping both players. Is a trade for Kouzmanoff in the future? We’ll find out …