Jays allow A's to claim Encarnacion, Tallet a free agent Staff

11/12/2010 10:12:07 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking for a new third baseman for the 2011 season.

The club announced on Friday that they awarded Edwin Encarnacion to the Oakland Athletics on a waiver claim .

Encarnacion hit .244 for the Jays in 2010, but managed to club 21 home runs in 96 games played.  His weakness was in the field, where he posted 18 errors.  Encarnacion, who made $4.75 million last season is arbitration eligible, meaning that his salary for the 2011 season could be over $5 million.

The addition of Encarnacion gives the A's a power bat that the team lacked for the most part last season.  It was the second move in three days for Oakland, who added outfielder David Dejesus from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

In other moves, left-hander Brian Tallet and outfielder Dewayne Wise both elected to become free agents when the Jays outrighted them to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Toronto also reinstated left-hander Rommie Lewis and right-handers Jesse Litsch and Dustin McGowan from the 60-day disabled list.

The Jays currently have 34 players on their 40-man roster.