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Jose Bautista | Outfielder | #19

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 20 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are "back in talks" with Jose Bautista.
The two parties spoke Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, per Heyman's source. Bautista is struggling to find a healthy free agent market after posting a relatively weak .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. He rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Jays in November, which ties him to draft pick compensation. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears the Red Sox have already ruled out a run at Joey Bats, if that was ever a realistic landing spot for the 36-year-old former All-Star. Heyman says Baltimore is out too, and that Orioles officials told Bautista's camp "O's fans just don't like him." There is some level of interest from the Indians, but they seem very comfortable in wait-and-see mode. Dec 6 - 7:30 PM

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Red Sox officials have informed Jose Bautista's camp that "they are out on signing him," per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

It's been a slow-moving market so far for Bautista, who posted a relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. There are durability and defensive concerns as well, but he should eventually find a sizable contract from some team.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 6 - 4:13 PM

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins believes re-signing both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion is still "realistic for us."

He's mistaken. There was never much chance of the Blue Jays keeping both and after signing DH/1B Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract earlier this week, Toronto now faces an uphill battle to retain either player. Multiple reports have suggested the Blue Jays have essentially given up on re-signing Bautista and are instead focusing on trying to secure a long-term deal for Encarnacion. Even coming off a down year, Bautista should have no trouble landing a multi-year deal this offseason.
Source: Sportsnet
Nov 19 - 6:47 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays "do not seem at all interested" in Jose Bautista beyond the draft pick they will receive when he signs elsewhere.

Things could always change, but as of now, they appear prepared to move on. The Blue Jays have already signed Kendrys Morales and they remain interested in bringing back Edwin Encarnacion, though they will face plenty of competition. As for Bautista, he has been mentioned as a possibility with the Red Sox and Mets. The 36-year-old is coming off an underwhelming season for his usual standards (.234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games), but he still figures to land a multi-year deal somewhere.
Nov 17 - 8:23 PM

Jose Bautista will reject the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jays.

An easy call for Joey Bats and his reps given that he's one of the top bats on this free agent market. Toronto can now land a compensatory draft pick should the 36-year-old slugger sign elsewhere. Bautista hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for the Jays while fighting through knee and toe injuries. It could take a little while for his market to fully form, but he should do just fine eventually. There's known to be some level of interest from the Mets and Red Sox. Returning to Toronto is also a possibility.
Nov 14 - 10:16 AM

Jose Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, said that his client would be open to playing left field or on the infield.

"Jose will play anywhere, or hit anywhere, if it helps the team win," Alou said. 116 of Bautista's 117 games played in 2016 came in either right field or at designated hitter. He saw two plate appearances as as first baseman. While he didn't play the positions last season, Bautista does have considerable experience at third base (372 games) and slightly less (50 games) in left field. The Mets and Red Sox are both reportedly interested in the veteran slugger as free agency stretches its legs and gets ready for a long winter.
Nov 9 - 5:52 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that "nothing is completely off the table" in regards to Jose Bautista.

Heyman hears that Bautista is receiving interest from other teams, but that he hasn't ruled out potentially taking the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jays. Odds are he'll end up declining, as he should still find a robust market even coming off an underwhelming season by his standards. Heyman reports that Bautista's representatives had a long meeting with the Red Sox on Tuesday. The Mets are among the other teams who have inquired in the early stages of free agency.
Nov 9 - 12:16 PM

James Wagner of the New York Times reports that the Mets have inquired on Jose Bautista.

Wagner notes that it's unclear as to what the Mets' level of interest is. They could be viewing Bautista as a backup plan in the event they're unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes, which is likely their top priority this offseason. Bautista hit a relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 in 2016 and turned 36 last month, but he's still going to land a nice contract this winter.
Nov 7 - 9:50 PM

Blue Jays extended a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to OF Jose Bautista.

It's a move that was obvious and is now official. If Bautista winds up signing elsewhere as a free agent -- which seems likely given FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman's report over the weekend -- the Jays will net a draft pick. Bautista hit relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 in 2016 and turned 36 last month.
Nov 7 - 5:09 PM

Jose Bautista will receive a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from Toronto.

He's going to reject it and so will Edwin Encarnacion, allowing the Blue Jays to score compensatory draft picks if the players sign elsewhere. Bautista struggled through injuries and inconsistency in 2016, posting a relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 batting line in 116 games. He should still do very well for himself this winter. Of note: Michael Saunders is not getting a qualifying offer from the Jays.
Nov 7 - 2:04 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays "seem ambivalent" about retaining impending free agent Jose Bautista.

Bautista has made it clear he won't be giving Toronto a hometown discount while the Jays have no intention of overpaying for an aging outfielder coming off a down year. It sounds like the Jays are content to let Bautista walk and will instead pool their resources to try and keep 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion. With Encarnacion drawing plenty of interest around the league, there's a good chance both players will be wearing different uniforms next year.
Nov 5 - 10:02 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, impending free agent Jose Bautista is unlikely to accept the Blue Jays' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

It probably goes without saying. No player had ever accepted a qualifying offer until last winter. There was some thought that perhaps Bautista would be inclined to take the $17.2 million and try for a long-term contract next offseason after struggling through an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. However, Bautista believes he'll have plenty of suitors this offseason. Bautista won't get anywhere near the $150 million he's been coveting, but his market should be strong this winter.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 29 - 4:30 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said he plans to do "everything possible" to discuss contract extensions with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion before they officially become free agents.

The free agent period begins five days after the World Series and there's no reason for Joey Bats or EE to re-sign at this point -- so close to being able to field bids from all 30 major league teams. It's a weak free agent class, and these two are among the biggest fish. Atkins did confirm Monday that Bautista and Encarnacion will be made one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offers, but those are obviously going to be rejected. Toronto can then gain top draft picks if the sluggers ultimately sign elsewhere.
Oct 24 - 3:25 PM

Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Bautista's ninth-inning double off Cody Allen was his first extra-base hit of the series. Too little, too late. The veteran outfielder did not drive in a run in the ALCS. This could well have been Bautista's final game in a Blue Jays uniform. The free agent to-be is coming off a 2016 season in which he slashed .244/.366/.452 with 22 homers and 69 RBI over 423 at-bats.
Oct 19 - 7:05 PM

Jose Bautista will lead off for the Blue Jays in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Indians.

Ezequiel Carrera led off the first two games, but he's been dropped to eighth tonight. Bautista, who seems to believe there's a grand conspiracy delivering the ALCS to the Indians, is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts and two walks so far in the series.
Oct 17 - 4:05 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2A.J. Jimenez
3Michael Ohlman
1B1Steve Pearce
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Biagini
4Aaron Loup
5Chris Smith
6Ryan Tepera
7Matt Dermody
8Danny Barnes
9Dominic Leone
10Leonel Campos
11Jarrett Grube
12Brett Oberholtzer
13Glenn Sparkman