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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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Jose Bautista went 2-for-6 with an RBI single on Tuesday in St. Louis.
Bautista's second single looked like it might be a game-winner in the top of the ninth inning, but the Cardinals tied things up in the bottom of the frame. It's only the veteran slugger's second two-hit game of the season. Apr 26 - 12:23 AM

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Jose Bautista was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Joey Bats smacked his first homer of the season in Friday's series opener, but it was back to scuffling on Saturday. He has struck out at least once in eight straight outings, whiffing 25 times over 65 at-bats. Bautista's struggles are a major reason while the Blue Jays are in the basement in the American League East while failing to record consecutive wins at any point this season.
Apr 23 - 2:32 AM

Jose Bautista's first homer of the year was a three-run shot in the top of the 13th, propelling the Blue Jays over the Angels 8-7 on Friday.

The Halos came back with two runs of their own, but Joe Biagini stopped them from there. Bautista was in an 0-for-19 slump before collecting an infield single in the ninth inning tonight. He had just one RBI all year before the homer, which also gave him his first multihit game of the season. It's something to build on, hopefully.
Apr 22 - 4:08 AM

Jose Bautista struck out all four times he was up Thursday in a loss to the Red Sox.

In his defense, all of those strikeouts came off Chris Sale. Still, they were ugly; three of them ended with weak check-swings from Bautista. We'd like to think he'll turn it around, but it doesn't seem like it'll be a quick fix. He's hitting just .109, and he's struck out 22 times in 15 games. His career high for strikeouts in 116 in 161 games.
Apr 20 - 3:50 PM

Jose Bautista stayed ice cold on Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts versus the Red Sox.

Bautista is 6-for-51, leaving him with a .118 average. He's yet to homer, and he's fanned 18 times in 14 games. The 36-year-old can't possibly remain this bad, but there's a good chance that time is catching up with him.
Apr 19 - 10:24 PM

Jose Bautista is set to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Bautista dealt with some back stiffness coming out of the World Baseball Classic, so the Blue Jays didn't want to push things. He should be back in action following Thursday's off-day.
Mar 22 - 9:57 AM

Jose Bautista was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Bautista was expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, but perhaps he's not over his recent back issue. There should be more clarity on the situation soon.
Mar 22 - 8:57 AM

Jose Bautista has returned to the Blue Jays' lineup for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game.

It will be his first Grapefruit League game since March 5. Bautista had a minor back issue toward the end of his stint in the World Baseball Classic, but the Jays aren't concerned.
Mar 22 - 8:36 AM

Jose Bautista (back) is not starting for the Dominican Republic in Saturday's game against the United States.

Bautista is dealing with minor back stiffness. Nelson Cruz will start for Bautista in right field with Adrian Beltre getting the nod at DH. It's unclear if Bautista will be available off the bench. Saturday is a must-win for both teams with the winner going on to face Japan Tuesday in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium.
Mar 18 - 9:44 PM

Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 and launched a dramatic three-run blast as the Dominican Republic smoked Canada 9-2 in the first round of the World Baseball Classic on Thursday.

Bautista's home run sent the heavily pro-Dominican crowd at Marlins Park into a frenzy. He added an RBI-single in the second inning. He was 9-for-16 with two home runs in spring training games before leaving Blue Jays camp to play in the WBC. He will try to rebound from an injury-plagued 2016 season in which he batted just .234 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games.
Mar 9 - 10:13 PM

Jose Bautista went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and a walk Thursday as the Blue Jays and Phillies played to an 8-8 tie.

Typically an outstanding spring hitter, Bautista struggled last March and missed time with next stiffness before his disappointing regular season. He seems back to his usual March self this year, opening up 5-for-10. Since 2006, he has 39 homers and 58 doubles in 589 spring training at-bats.
Mar 2 - 4:55 PM

Blue Jays re-signed OF Jose Bautista to a one-year, $18.5 million contract.

While it once looked like a long shot, Bautista is officially back in the fold. The 36-year-old slugger unexpectedly saw a limited market this offseason due to age, injury and defensive concerns, and draft pick compensation, so a return to Toronto makes the most sense under the circumstances. Per Ben Nicholson-Smith of, Bautista will make $18 million in 2017 while the 2018 mutual option is worth $17 million with a $500,000 buyout. The vesting option for 2019 is worth $20 million. If Bautista enjoys a strong 2017, he'll almost certainly try his luck in free agency again next offseason.
Jan 18 - 11:01 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Jose Bautista will be guaranteed $18.5 million in his new deal with the Blue Jays.

A previous report indicated that the deal was worth $18 million. Bautista is getting a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018 and a vesting option for 2019, which could push the maximum value to $60 million. The deal is said to be done and an official announcement from the Blue Jays should come soon.
Jan 18 - 8:32 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Jose Bautista will be guaranteed $18 million in his new one-year deal with the Blue Jays.

And so Bautista will receive a guarantee just above the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer he rejected from Toronto before testing free agency. Per Heyman, the new deal includes a pair of options (one mutual, one vesting) which could max out the contract at $60 million. Bautista wasn't up to his usual standards in 2016, but he has a chance to be a nice bargain at this price.
Jan 17 - 3:39 PM

Baseball Prospectus Toronto reports that the Blue Jays have re-signed slugger Jose Bautista, pending a physical.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. While specific terms aren't yet known, multiple reports suggest that it's a one-year deal with options which could keep him with Toronto through 2019. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that he at least beat the $17.2 million qualifying offer. It wasn't too long ago that it looked like Bautista's tenure with the Blue Jays was over, but his market wasn't as robust as hoped this winter due to a variety of factors, including age, injury concerns, and draft pick compensation. In the end, a reunion made sense for both parties. The 36-year-old hit .234 with 22 homers and an .817 OPS in 2016, which isn't quite on par with his past production, but he's still one of the game's most feared sluggers when healthy.
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

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