Jays sign Encarnacion to 3-year deal

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has signed a three-year contract extension.

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has signed a three-year contract extension.

The $27 million deal announced Thursday includes a $10 million club option for the 2016 season.

The 29-year-old native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, is having a breakout offensive year. He is batting .295 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs.

Encarnacion is tied for fourth in the American League in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.595) and seventh in RBIs.

In his eighth season, he has a career .267 average with 140 home runs and 450 RBIs for Cincinnati and Toronto.

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