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Blue Jays Sign Edwin Encarnacion

I didn't see this coming:


The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed IF EDWIN ENCARNACION to a US $2.5 million contract for the 2011 season and a club option of US $3.5 million for the 2012 season.

ENCARNACION, 27, has spent the last two seasons with the Blue Jays after coming over in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds on July 31, 2009. Over that time with Toronto, the 6'2" 231 lb. native of La Romana, Dominican Republic has hit .243 with 29 home runs and 74 RBI in 138 games as a Blue Jay. In 96 games last season, batted .244 with 21 home runs and 51 RBI and was named American League Player of the Week from Sept. 27-Oct. 3 (.400, 5 HR, 11 RBI). In 652 career games, the right-handed hitter has posted a .258 average with 100 home runs and 337 RBI.

Tom Back: The Jays also want it to be noted that he will be listed as a 1B/DH on the roster. I don't understand why they would get worked up about what position to list him at now. Spring training is still a little ways away. They saved a few million off what he could have made in arbitration. Party at Craig's house.