And then there were three.
With plenty of MLB clubs looking into signing free-agent slugger, the , , and are emerging as the three teams most likely to sign the 33-year-old, reports , citing sources close to negotiations.
Negotiations appear to be heating up this week following a surprisingly quiet stretch for the designated hitter. An earlier report Wednesday claimed the Indians were "" to sign the Dominican.
Theare also closely monitoring Encarnacion's market, Bowden notes, while the have passed on signing him due to the high asking price.
In addition, the Marlins would have to surrender their first-round pick due to Encarnacion rejecting the' qualifying offer in November. Oakland, meanwhile, one of the reported finalists for Encarnacion, wouldn't have to forfeit their first-round pick thanks to their bottom-10 finish in MLB last season.
Encarnacion is coming off an impressive 2016 season where he recorded an AL-best 127 RBIs and tied his career-high home run mark with 42, and slashed .263/.357/.529 in 160 games with the Blue Jays.
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