Some notes from a story on TSN.cahttp://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=395122
> The Jays acquired Encarnacion at the July 31st trade deadline in 2009. He was rumoured to have been merely a salary–dump throw–in in the Scott Rolen deal with Cincinnati. The Jays really wanted pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart, but had to take Encarnacion to make the deal happen, something no one has ever really confirmed.
> In the off-season, Encarnacion took it upon himself to change his approach and technique at the plate. Instead of releasing his upper hand on the each swing, he keeps both hands on the bat all the way through the follow –through, creating a quicker and more compact stroke.
> Encarnacion is a free agent at the end of this season, making $3.5 million in this, the option year of his contract. At 29, he could be just entering his prime but many teams wouldn't lavish a large contract on a player who is primarily a designated hitter.