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Jose Bautista | Outfielder | #19

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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Free agent Jose Bautista said he is not considering retirement.
This contradicts a report from FanRag Sports that suggested the 37-year-old was thinking of calling it quits. "Right now I’m just considering my options, and it depends on two criteria," Bautista told Yahoo Sports. "That’s winning and making sure that my family’s in a good situation." Joey Bats struggled to a .203 average with 170 strikeouts last season but still managed 23 homers. The Rays showed some interested in Bautista early in free agency but obviously nothing came of it. Mar 8 - 10:53 PM
Source: Yahoo Sports

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says free agent slugger Jose Bautista is "keenly interested" in playing for the Rays.

Bautista is a longtime Tampa resident and is one of many still looking for a job a few days into spring training. Given his .203/.308/.366 batting line last season, the 37-year-old should also be in the price range for the cost-cutting Rays. It will be interesting to see if the two sides are a match.
Feb 24 - 11:25 PM

Jose Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, told Jerry Crasnick of that his client is "working out diligently" in preparation for 2018.

"It's no secret he's one of the most dedicated players in the game," said Alou. "He takes a lot of pride in staying in shape. His work ethic is contagious to other players." There's been very little discussion about the 37-year-old Bautista coming off a year where he batted just .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers over 686 plate appearances. Alou expressed earlier this offseason that Bautista is willing to play anywhere, including both corner infield and outfield spots, as well as DH. Signing him shouldn't require a major investment at this stage of his career.
Jan 22 - 10:18 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have expressed interest in free agent Jose Bautista.

This comes on the heels of a report that Bautista is willing to play any position next season, from the corner infield spots to the corner outfield spots to designated hitter. That suits the Rays, who like to move guys around and take advantage of platoon splits. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, but he still managed 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He should come pretty cheap, which also suits the Rays.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 02:43:00 PM

Jose Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, said his client is willing to play any position next season.

That would include the corner infield spots, the corner outfield spots, and DH. "He’s never said no to a manager," Alou told Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, who made the easy decision to decline his $17 million club option for 2018. The 37-year-old should be able to find a major league deal this winter if he's willing to accept a reserve role.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10:44:00 AM

The Blue Jays have officially declined their $17 million option on Jose Bautista for 2018.

It was a mutual option with a $500,000 buyout, which they'll have to pay. It's surely preferable to keeping the 37-year-old around at that price, given his .203/.308/.366 line from this past season. Bautista has said he wants to keep playing, so it'll be interesting to see how the market values him.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins confirmed Tuesday that the team already told Jose Bautista they don't intend to exercise their part of his $18 million option for 2018.

It's a foregone conclusion, as the Blue Jays and their fans gave Bautista a nice farewell during their final homestand. The veteran slugger batted just .203/.308/.366 this season and will turn 37 years old in a couple of weeks, but he still plans on playing next season. Given his defensive limitations, interest will likely be limited to AL teams.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Jose Bautista fully intends on playing in 2018.

Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 this season for the Blue Jays and will turn 37 in a couple weeks. The Jays will not exercise their portion of his $17 million mutual option for 2018, so he's set to hit the open market. It's certainly fair to question how much Bautista has left at this point, but some team will probably give him a one-year contract to serve as a designated hitter and occasional outfielder.
Source: Sportsnet
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 05:52:00 PM

Jose Bautista went 1-for-1 with a walk and RBI on Sunday against the Yankees in what was likely his final game in a Blue Jays uniform.

Bautista was replaced in the seventh inning by Michael Saunders. Bautista has had an excellent career, but his days of being even an average hitter are over. He doesn't make contact, and his power has been sapped. It'd be surprising if Bautista had anything more than a bench role for an American League club in 2018.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 05:55:00 PM

Jose Bautista struck out three times while going 0-for-4 at the plate versus the Yankees on Saturday.

His batting average sits at .201 and he is in danger of finishing below the Mendoza line if he takes another oh-fer tomorrow in the final game of the season. The aging star's dismal season is a big reason why the Blue Jays were unable to contend this season. He has 23 home runs with 64 RBI and 92 runs scored in 684 plate appearances. His 170 strikeouts this season are blowing away his previous career high of 116 set way back in 2010 when he hit 54 home runs.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 04:32:00 PM

Jose Bautista picked up two hits in a 9-5 victory over Toronto on Sunday.

In what was likely his final home game as a member of the Blue Jays, Bautista ends on a good note. It's been a terrible season for the former slugger, but his accomplishments for the Blue Jays are undeniable. He's now hitting ./203/.311/.366 on the 2017 season.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:37:00 PM

Jose Bautista set a Blue Jays single-season record for strikeouts Thursday, finishing 0-for-4 in a loss to the Royals.

Bautista only struck out once in this one, but it was a notable one, his 160th of the year. That passes the 159 strikeouts set by Jose Canseco in 1998 and tied by Kelly Johnson in 2012. It's an ugly record to hold, but it's been that kind of year for the 36-year-old, whose Jays career is set to end on a very low note. With a few games left to play, Bautista is hitting .203/.309/.369 with 22 homers, 60 RBI and 87 runs scored on the year.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 10:52:00 PM

Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over the Twins on Thursday.

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning, Bautista hit a harmless pop up that, because the infielders were drawn in, dropped between the second baseman and right fielder to plate a run. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. The 36-year-old Bautista hasn't been much of either this year, batting .208/.313/.377 across 144 games. It's hard to imagine the Jays exercising their end of the mutual option required after this season.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 11:38:00 PM

Jose Bautista is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Kevin Pillar is also getting a breather, as the Blue Jays have Nori Aoki in right field and Ezequiel Carrera in center.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 10:24:00 AM

Jose Bautista went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is hitting .155 since the All-Star break.

Bautista isn't even walking as much as usual, with just 16 unintentional free passes in 170 plate appearances in the second half. Factor in the lousy defense and he's been a huge liability to the Blue Jays' cause this year.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 05:05:00 PM

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