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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 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

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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 Sportsnet.ca, 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

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, there's still work to do between the Blue Jays and slugger Jose Bautista.

It appeared to be a foregone conclusion that a deal would get done 24 hours ago, but suddenly it doesn't look like a sure thing. The last update on contract talks from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal noted that the two sides were discussion a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2018. Heyman hears that the Rays and Indians are also interested, so the door is still open a crack for a more generous offer elsewhere. Stay tuned.
Jan 17 - 11:45 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista's reps are discussing a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018.

Rosenthal reported this morning that the two sides were working toward a two-year agreement worth something close to $35-40 million, but it seems the Jays have backed away from all that cash being guaranteed. It's not like there are a ton of other bidders lining up with multi-year deals. Bautista battled injuries last season and finished with a relatively disappointing .817 OPS, 22 homers, and 69 RBI in 116 games. 2017 will be his age-36 campaign.
Jan 16 - 3:11 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista are discussing a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.

And it sounds like an official agreement may be imminent. Bautista struggled to attract a healthy market for himself this winter after an injury-riddled 2016 that saw him post his worst OPS (.817) since 2009. In bringing Bautista back the Jays will lose the opportunity to gain a compensatory draft pick, but it's a relatively low-cost, low-risk deal at two years, $35-40 million for a guy who ranked among the most dangerous sluggers in the game just a season ago. If the 36-year-old Bautista can stay healthy for most of 2017 and 2018, this could really work out well for Toronto. Look for more details soon.
Jan 16 - 9:41 AM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays are nearing a deal with Jose Bautista.

The Indians and Orioles have been mentioned as possibilities in recent days, but Sanchez writes that the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runners. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the report while adding that it "seems likely to happen." No word on the exact terms being discussed, but Bautista's market hasn't been nearly as strong as originally hoped. The Blue Jays have a clear need for another outfielder, so it makes sense to retain him if the price is right, even though they won't get the draft pick they would have received if he signed elsewhere. Bautista, 36, has slugged 265 homers in 1,078 games with Toronto. Only Carlos Delgado (336) has hit more in franchise history.
Jan 16 - 12:04 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles have been in contact with the representatives for Jose Bautista this offseason.

Despite their comments at the winter meetings to the contrary, it appears as though the O's have at least checked in on their former division-rival. The longer that he remains on the free agent market, and his price continues to drop, the more appealing he may be to the Orioles.
Jan 15 - 8:55 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Dominic Leone
11Gavin Floyd
12Jeff Beliveau
13Lucas Harrell
14Matt Dermody