Dodgers Rumors: Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Youkilis

May 27, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits an infield single during the third inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to remain atop the National League West standings they’ll need to add a little bit more offense, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi believes the Dodgers need additional offensive help to get them through Matt Kemp’s absence, and speculates they could look to Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion and Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis this summer.

The Dodgers have been tied to Kevin Youkilis recently, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported this weekend that LA represents the best fit for the veteran infielder. While some teams are looking at Youkilis as an upgrade at first base, Rosenthal believes the Dodgers would use the 33-year-old at the hot corner. LA would then be able to platoon Juan Rivera and James Loney at first.

Morosi agrees with Rosenthal and thinks the Dodgers would use Youkilis at third base if they acquired him. If LA was to target Edwin Encarnacion, Morosi believes it would be as a first baseman.

The Blue Jays haven’t said Encarnacion is available this summer, as the 29-year-old is currently leading the club in home runs (17), RBIs (43), hits (57) and OPS (.926). Encarnacion is earning $3.5 million this season and is in the final year of his contract.

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