The Boston Red Sox could make big moves again in the offseason, as recent MLB rumors indicated Toronto Blue Jays stars Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion will consider moving to the storied franchise this winter.
Both Bautista and Encarnacion will become free agents after the 2016 MLB season. And according to NFL insider Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays sluggers are interested in moving to Boston if they fail to strike desirable deals with Toronto.
“Both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion envision the Red Sox as a possible winter landing spot, provided David Ortiz really does go through with his plan to retire,” said Heyman. The veteran insider added the two players and the Blue Jays were far apart in previous contract negotiations.
According to TSN, Bautista demanded for a five-year contract worth $150 million, but the 35-year-old right fielder did not get what he was asking for. On the other hand, Encarnacion was lobbying for a four-year deal, but the Blue Jays tendered a two-year pact.
Bautista told Sports Illustrated in May that re-signing with the Blue Jays is his top priority, saying that he will “be stupid to leave” Toronto. However, the 13-year-veteran reiterated that he will not give Toronto a “hometown” discount when he hits free agency in the offseason.
“I think teams utilize that a lot against players, a discount or bargain price, and I think that’s extremely unfair, especially to have your biggest contributors on the field and try to take advantage of the fact that they like it there and negotiate a tougher deal,” Bautista said when asked about taking a price cut to keep his spot in Toronto.
Bautista, who is playing in his ninth season with the Blue Jays, is averaging .231 this season with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs. On the other hand, Encarnacion is also having a solid season for Toronto, hitting .245 with 10 homers and 42 RBIS in 55 games.