Edwin all but gone; #BlueJays ink Pearce

Hope of an Edwin Encarnacion return to Toronto appears to be all but extinguished as the Blue Jays signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million deal. Monday.  456665Pearce had a .867 OPS last season in 85 games in Tampa and Baltimore, and hits left-handed pitching well.  He’s versatile defensively, having played first and second base and the outfield.  But he’s never caught on anywhere as an every-day player — the most games he’s played in a season is 102 in 2014 in Baltimore. He’ll be 34 in April.

This move seems to commit the Blue Jays to a platoon solution at first base and DH, with Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak already on the roster, and rumours that the Jays are also interested in Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland.  If it frees up resources to secure a Dexter Fowler, Jays fans may accept the trade-off.  If not, the approach isn’t likely to sit well with the fan base.  As a firm believer you need dominant production at first base to compete in the AL East, I’m very skeptical of this approach.

More to come as baseball’s winter meetings continue…