Edwin Encarnacion arrived at Blue Jays training camp on Saturday with a bit of swagger — a well-deserved bit of swagger.

Encarnacion might be the biggest key to the Jays’ offence — if he isn’t “right,” if he doesn’t reproduce last season’s MVP-calibre numbers, then the Jays have a lineup problem that would be difficult to repair.

Encarnacion gave a strong sense Saturday that he is both “more confident” and “different” than the player who has been to 10 previous spring trainings. That player was once a scared “kid” in the Texas Rangers organization who thought that when the Rangers traded him to Cincinnati it was because he “sucked.”

The truth was that the Rangers had drafted Mark Teixeira and were essentially making room for him, but Encarnacion lacked the confidence to grasp the bigger picture.