By on December 16, 2010

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays
Thursday, December 16, 2010

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed 1B/DH 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.

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