Encarnacion NOT asking Jays for five-year deal: Agent

Encarnacion not asking Jays for five-year deal: Agent


Edwin Encarnacion has not asked for a five-year deal.

So says Paul Kinzler, his agent.

“I don’t like to negotiate in the newspaper, but since it’s out there (via Sportsnet) I’ll answer,” Kinzler said from Phoenix.

“We have never put a number on the terms of the length of the contract. We have never discussed a dollar amount.”

The Sportsnet report compares Encarnacion to DH Travis Hafner, two “aging, bad-bodied, one-dimensional DH types.”

“Edwin is strong as an ox, he doesn’t have a bad body,” said Kinzler.

Jays president Mark Shapiro must decide what to do as Encarnacion is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. As general manager of the Cleveland Indians, he signed Hafner to a four-year, $57 million US deal.

Encarnacion earns $10 million this season, the final year of a three-year $29 million deal. He is supposed to make his spring debut this week in minor league games as he recovers from an oblique injury.

Over the past four years only Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers has more RBIs than Encarnacion (461-423). And only Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis has hit more home runs (159-151) than Encarnacion, who is fifth in slugging (.549) and eighth in OPS (.919).

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