Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion wants to stay with the club past this season, but isn’t confident the organization has the same mindset.
Encarnacion spoke to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun Saturday morning and revealed his thoughts on his current contract situation.
“I want to stay here,” the 33-year-old told The Sun. “I’m really disappointed that nothing has happened, but it’s not my decision. They don’t have it in their plans for me to stay here.”
Encarnacion will become a free-agent at season’s end if not signed to a contract extension. Fellow Jay Jose Bautista also has one-year left on his contract.
The Dominican hasn’t played in any games this spring training due an oblique injury and a pulled tooth.
“I want to be 100%. The oblique pain is minor, but I want to be ready for Opening Day. I don’t want to aggravate it, miss two months,” he said.
Encarnacion hit 39 homers and 111 RBIs with a .277 batting average over 146 games in 2015, his seventh season with the Jays.
“I tried to do the best for my team, I feel as if I have done all I can do for my team,” said Encarnacion. “I want to be here for a long time.”
Edwin’s agent said earlier this offseason that Opening Day would be the deadline for contract negotiations.