Agent Says “Door Still Open” For Edwin Encarnacion to Return to Blue Jays

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Edwin Encarnacion is probably the hottest free agent in baseball this off-season. The general feeling in Toronto, where the 33-year-old has played for the last seven and a half seasons, is that the Blue Jays won’t pony up the dump truck full of cash that a player that Edwin commands on the open market.

However, Encarnacion’s agent Paul Kinzer said that there’s still a chance his client could be playing baseball in the Great White North next year. In an interview with Sportsnet’s “Tim and Sid” on Thursday, Kinzer said that discussions with the Blue Jays were still ongoing, and nothing was off the table.

“(General manager) Ross (Atkins) and I still talk,” Kinzer said. “I think the door’s still open.”

The Jays did offer Encarnacion at least one contract, rumored to be a four year and $80 million deal. That offer was turned down, although part of the rejection was because it was before free agency officially opened and they wanted to field other offers before deciding on Encarnacion’s future.

“Well it wasn’t doable, I’ll put it that way,” Kinzer said Thursday. “But they didn’t insult us, it was just … we had one day to go until we hit free agency, so Edwin just wanted to get an idea of what his value is.”

Kinzer said that they were in talks with “five or six” different teams, although wouldn’t reveal which ones. It is believed that the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and a couple National League teams have all expressed interest in paying big bucks for Encarnacion’s services.

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