Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
EdE's 793 OPS with the Reds was better than Rolen's .771 OPS with the Reds in limited action due to frequent injury. Edwin has an 839 OPS as a Blue Jay. Over that time period EdE has an OPS+ of 124 compared to Rolen's 104.
And Encarnacion's Toronto numbers are almost entirely built on last season.
Prior to 2012 Encarnacion's slash line with the Jays was .257/.320/.461. Perfectly fine in a general sense, but nowhere near the kind of production required for a 1B/DH.
Encarnacion never would have been a Red last year. The team had no need for a 1B/DH. It's a fluke he was even with the Jays, who lost him via waivers and only got him back because the rest of MLB thought he deserved an even more severe pay cut than the one he got by going back to Toronto (had his salary cut by more than 50%).
It's not like the Reds traded away this guy who had been a consistent performer since the trade. The Reds traded away a guy who disappointed, got taken on waivers by another team, got cut, had to accept a major pay cut, followed that with a non-descript season and finally had a big year long after he'd have become an irrelevance if the Reds had kept him.