There are only hours remaining for last-minute Christmas shoppers, but there’s a good chunk of off-season remaining for Major League Baseball general managers to check on the merchandise.
And to that end, it appears as if the Blue Jays aren’t done browsing just yet in what has already been a busy and productive off season.
The acquisition of free-agent pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu late Sunday will likely be their biggest haul this winter, but sources around baseball suggest GM Ross Atkins and the Toronto front office are still in aggressive shopping mode.
Among the most often mentioned potential targets are a pair of popular former Jays: Free agent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and current Red Sox starter David Price.
The Jays have been linked to both, with Encarnacion an intriguing possibility at DH. For Price to return via trade, the Red Sox would likely have to eat up a large portion of the US$96 million over three years remaining on the 34-year-old’s contract with the Sox.
It’s unclear whether the Ryu signing will have the Jays walk away from Price, but by all indications they’ve been taking a hard look at the veteran.
“(The Jays) are still looking to make the team better,” said one MLB source familiar with the team’s interests both before and after the Ryu signing.