Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
The Blue Jays signed Encarnacion to a $6 million contract a couple months after they released him. If they didn't want him or if they thought he was no good they wouldn't have given him that kind of coin. His release was a money-saving move, not a move to get rid of a bad player.
For clarity purposes, they gave him a one year, $2.5MM contract with a one year club option of $3.5MM. David Ross got more than that this year, and all guaranteed.