The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed EDWIN ENCARNACION to a three-year, $27 million dollar (US$) contract for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons with a $10 million dollar club option for the 2016 season. Affirming his commitment to the organization and the City of Toronto, Edwin has agreed to make a donation to the JAYS CARE FOUNDATION in support of their ongoing objectives.
ENCARNACION, 29, is currently batting .295 in 83 games this season with 14 doubles, 23 home runs and 58 RBI. The La Romana, Dominican Republic native is currently tied for fourth in the American League in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.595), seventh in RBI, total bases (174) and on-base percentage (.382). He has also stolen a career high nine bases this season.
Now in his eighth season in the Major Leagues, the 6-2, 220lb. infielder has a career average of .267 in 869 games with 180 doubles, 140 home runs and 450 RBI for the Toronto Blue Jays (2009-current) and the Cincinnati Reds (2005-2009). The right-handed hitter spent parts of five seasons with Cincinnati before being traded to Toronto along with RHP Josh Roenicke and RHP Zach Stewart in exchange for 3B Scott Rolen on July 31, 2009. After becoming a free agent following the 2010 season he re-signed with Toronto.