Hot Stove Digest: Don't believe those Edwin Encarnacion rumors

Mike Oz
Edwin Encarnaction, not a Houston Astros yet. (Getty Images)
Edwin Encarnaction, not a Houston Astros yet. (Getty Images)

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Despite some rumors flying around, Edwin Encarnacion and the Houston Astros don’t have a deal in place. [@ChrisCotillo]

THAT BEING SAID: Encarnacion’s agent says the Astros would be a good fit. It’s just that nothing is imminent. Furthermore, Encarnacion’s agent doesn’t expect a deal to get done before the Winter Meetings. [Fox 26]

OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: The Mets made the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes official. He said he wants to finish his career as a Mets. Third time’s a charm, right? [Yahoo Sports]

DONE DEAL: Matt Joyce has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland Athletics, where the journeyman outfielder is expected to see regular playing time in a platoon role. [Yahoo Sports]

HAPPY HAPPY JOYCE JOYCE: Our dude Jeff Passan thinks the A’s could be a “sneaky-excellent” signing for the A’s.

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ICYMI: Andrew McCutchen is very much in play as a trade chip. We looked at five possible destinations for the ex-NL MVP. [The Stew]

FROM THE TWIN CITIES TO PHILLY: The Phillies have given ex-Twins GM Terry Ryan a new job. [Yahoo Sports]

DOLLA DOLLA BILLS, Y’ALL: The Mets traded Logan Verrett to the Orioles for cash considerations. [Hardball Talk]

YES, THIS IS A REAL THING: The A’s have become the official sponsor of the baseball emoji. What a time to be alive. []

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