The 2016 Major League Baseball season is underway and according to the latest MLB rumors, the Toronto Blue Jays may not be signing Edwin Encarnacion to a contract extension. The 33-year-old slugger is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Encarnacion confirmed on Monday that the extension talks between his camp and the Blue Jays are over when the season started. The Dominican player has made it clear that he will not discuss contract extensions during the season.
“Like I said, I don’t want to talk any more about that. I want to concentrate on this season and concentrate on helping my team win games,” Encarnacion told the Toronto Star.
Toronto is having a good start by winning two out of its first three games against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Encarnacion was disappointed that they were not able to reach a deal this offseason.
“It’s business. I’m a little disappointed because I want to stay here for a long time, but it’s not my decision. I can’t control that. I can only control how I play and try to help my team win games,” he said.
According to Spotrac, the 33-year-old signed a three-year, $29 million contract extension during the 2012 MLB season. Nevertheless, the 2016 season is very vital for the Blue Jays since they are one of the favorites to win the World Series and Encarnacion doesn’t want to be a distraction.
The dilemma for the new Blue Jays front office is that they might not have any more money to offer Encarnacion at the end of the season, per MLB rumors. Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki have huge salaries while Jose Bautista is also set to become a free agent.
Team President Mark Shapiro and General Manager Ross Atkins have a difficult task of choosing between Encarnacion and Bautista. Both players are one of the hardest hitters in baseball who will want the best payday possible.
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