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Agent: 'Nothing imminent' on Encarnacion

Yankees, Astros believed to be in play for free-agent slugger
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Edwin Encarnacion is not yet close to signing a new contract, the free agent slugger's agent told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.

Paul Kinzer, Encarnacion's agent, told Morosi that there is "nothing imminent" for his client, although Encarnacion has multiple offers on the table with multiple teams involved.

Edwin Encarnacion is not yet close to signing a new contract, the free agent slugger's agent told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Wednesday.

Paul Kinzer, Encarnacion's agent, told Morosi that there is "nothing imminent" for his client, although Encarnacion has multiple offers on the table with multiple teams involved.

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Kinzer did not comment on which teams specifically were involved in discussions to sign Encarnacion, but, per Morosi, the Astros and Yankees are believed to be among the remaining clubs seeking the designated hitter/first baseman's services.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick had reported that Houston was one potential landing spot for Encarnacion. The Astros had made a serious effort to sign Yoenis Cespedes, arguably the top position player on the market, but Cespedes re-signed with the Mets on Wednesday.

Encarnacion, who has been with the Blue Jays since 2009, is the biggest bat remaining. The 33-year-old All-Star hit .263 with 42 home runs and an American League-leading 127 RBIs for the Blue Jays in '16, his fifth straight season with at least 34 homers and his second 40-plus-homer campaign in the last five years.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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