Edwin Encarnación agrees to 3-year/29M extension with the Blue Jays
By Richard Janvrin-TRST Senior MLB Analyst
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Yes, Edwin, you can let out a huge sigh of relief. Your next three years have been settled, not to mention, a pretty nice payday.
After posting a line of .295/.382/.565 with 23 HR, and 58 RBIs through the first half of this season, the Blue Jays have announced they have signed the DH/1B to a 3yr/$29M deal. The deal includes a $2M buyout on a $10M team option in 2016. He will earn $8M, $9M, $10M annually, Ken Rosenthal tweets.
Ironically, he is locked up for three years, the same amount of year in which he was been traded, claimed from waivers, non-tendered, and designated for assignment.
Encarnacion will originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 9th round of the 2000 First-Year Player draft. On June 15, 2001, he was traded with Ruben Mateo to the Cincinnati Reds for Rob Bell.
July 31, 2009, Encarnacion was again traded by the Reds to the Blue Jays along with Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart for Scott Rolen.
November 12, 2010, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics from the Blue Jays, granted free agency December 2, 2010 and re-signed with the Jays for 2yrs/$6M.
Encarnacion, 29, was scheduled to hit the open market once again after this season.
According the Baseball Reference , Encarnacion has earned $11.29M in his career to date. This next contract will double that and then some.