TORONTO — The lengthy standoff between Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays has resulted in the star slugger agreeing to a multi-year deal with the team that sent Toronto packing in the American League Championship Series.
Cleveland agreed with Encarnacion on a three-year deal worth $60 million on Thursday night, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the contract includes a team option for a fourth year at $20 million with a $5 million buyout. The Indians haven’t confirmed the deal.
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Toronto previously made a four-year offer worth $80 million to Encarnacion earlier this offseason. The deal was not accepted during a specified timeframe and the Blue Jays pulled it off the table in favor of signing veteran slugger Kendrys Morales to a three-year deal.
News of Encarnacion’s signing came one day after his agent Paul Kinzer went on Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio station in Toronto and admitted his client had come to the realization that he “probably won’t …