Encarnacion realising he won't be returning to Blue Jays - agent


Edwin Encarnacion's time in Toronto appears to be over after the slugger's agent said the MLB All-Star is slowly realising he will not be returning to the Blue Jays.

Encarnacion is a free agent but the first baseman had expected to re-sign with the Blue Jays, whom he helped to back-to-back American League (AL) Championship Series appearances in 2015 and 2016.

The 33-year-old - an All-Star in 2013, 2014 and 2016 - is now fielding multi-year offers from six different teams following the arrival of Kendrys Morales.

"It's not that there isn't interest in him, but we made it clear that Edwin wanted to return to Toronto, that's where he felt his home was," Encarnacion's agent Paul Kinzer told Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Wednesday.

"We weren't expecting them to move so quickly. We weren't going to make a move without talking to the Blue Jays.

"Nobody's mad at anybody. It's business. They saw an opportunity and they pursued it.

"The only thing now is the realisation has started to sink in that he won't be a Blue Jay. That's been a little frustrating because that was always his goal."