The Indians and Rangers are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Edwin Encarnacion, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden and Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan.
Cleveland is seeking first base depth after losing Mike Napoli to free agency, though the club is reportedly also considering re-signing Napoli. Passan adds Encarnacion could prove to be an ideal addition because he would bring a right-handed bat to a predominantly left-handed lineup.
Encarnacion would likely split time with Carlos Santana at first base in Cleveland, but the Indians might not be open to signing Encarnacion to the extensive deal he might require.
While the Indians are seeking first base depth, Encarnacion could join the Rangers if his market doesn’t develop further, according to Bowden. Bowden notes Encarnacion could receive a multi-year deal with an opt out after the first season.
Encarnacion, 33, had success with the Blue Jays last season, batting .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBIs over 160 games.