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Jose Bautista | Outfielder | #19

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 20 (0) / PIT
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Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Rays.
Bautista connected for the two-run shot against Rays starter Chris Archer in the third inning. It was his fifth home run of the season, giving him 18 RBI and 16 runs scored. He's hitting .250 with a .928 OPS through 25 games. Apr 30 - 9:43 PM

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Jose Bautista went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an RBI double in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Bautista clocked his third homer of the season in the very first inning, burning Red Sox starter Steven Wright for a solo shot with two outs. He would tack on an RBI double in the top of the ninth for insurance purposes. The 35-year-old slugger continues to produce at a high level and has opened the 2016 campaign 13-for-42 (.310) with four doubles, three homers, a triple and 10 RBI.
Apr 17 - 5:31 PM

Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Saturday against the Red Sox.

He doubled off Red Sox ace David Price in the first inning, later singling and scoring on an Edwin Encarnacion double. The double was Bautista's third of the season to go with two home runs, eight RBI, eight runs scored and a league-best 13 walks. He's in fine form once again this year.
Apr 16 - 7:23 PM

Jose Bautista blasted a pair of two-run homers off Rick Porcello on Saturday but it still wasn't enough for the Blue Jays to overcome the Red Sox.

For those that buy into the significance of batter vs. pitcher data, Joey Bats came into the day slashing .423/.500/.538 with a homer in 30 career plate appearances against Porcello and wasted no time jumping on him in this one. He clubbed a two-run shot to get the Jays on the board in the first inning and repeated the feat in the fourth. Unfortunately, that wound up being the extent of the club's offense on the afternoon. Bautista finished the day 2-for-3 plus a walk.
Apr 9 - 4:06 PM

Jose Bautista (neck) is in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

The veteran slugger has missed the past few games with a stiff neck but was in no danger of missing the start of the regular season. He's hitting .200/.360/.550 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI this spring in 25 plate appearances.
Mar 26 - 8:49 AM

Jose Bautista (neck) is slated to return to the lineup on Saturday.

Bautista has sat out the last few days with a stiff neck, but it's never been considered a big deal. The slugger is batting .200 with two home runs during Grapefruit League play.
Mar 25 - 4:46 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears that there's "no chance" the Blue Jays re-sign both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

It's not surprising, as it's just not realistic to think they could fit both impending free agents into their budget. Heyman says that the Jays "likely prefer" to keep Bautista and he backs up a previous report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that says they're willing to give him a contract similar to Yoenis Cespedes' three-year, $75 million deal. That's surely not going to get it done.
Mar 25 - 9:07 AM

Jose Bautista was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup with a stiff neck.

It doesn't sound like a big deal. Joey Bats should be good to go in the next day or so.
Mar 23 - 11:08 AM

Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays beat a Rays split-squad 6-1 on Sunday.

The homer off prospect Taylr Guerierri was Bautista's first hit in eight spring training at-bats. He's never had any problem getting going at the beginning of the year, so the Jays have brought him along slowly this spring. From 2010 to 2015, his lowest spring training OPS was .979 and his second-lowest was 1.086.
Mar 13 - 6:10 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by a source that the Blue Jays "only might be amenable to a Yoenis Cespedes-type deal" with Jose Bautista.

That means three years and $75 million, which is less than half of what Bautista reportedly requested last month during contract extension negotiations. Bautista might wind up having to settle for something in between given that he's 35, but clearly the two sides have ground to make up if they want to get something done before the slugger reaches free agency next winter. Free agency is also looming for Edwin Encarnacion, and Toronto realistically would probably be lucky to extend one of the two sluggers.
Mar 13 - 9:25 AM

Jose Bautista went 0-for-2 in his spring debut Thursday against the Yankees.

Bautista was used as a designated hitter today. The Jays have been bringing him along very slowly this spring, though they say it's not injury-related.
Mar 10 - 4:29 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Jose Bautista would prefer to stay with the Blue Jays and is willing to negotiate.

That's not what Bautista was saying a couple weeks ago when he told reporters hometown discounts "don't exist." Per Heyman, Bautista still sees himself as a $30 million player and wants to play into his 40s. Bautista's reported five-year, $150 million asking price is pure lunacy but perhaps there is some hope of him returning to Toronto next season.
Mar 9 - 1:35 PM

Jose Bautista is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against the Yankees.

Bautista has been easing into action this spring, but it has nothing to do with an injury. Toronto manager John Gibbons simply wanted to give some of his regulars a delayed start after last year's run to the American League Championship Series. Bautista, still scheduled to become a free agent after the 2016 season, batted .250/.377/.536 with 40 home runs and 114 RBI in 2015.
Mar 7 - 9:38 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Jose Bautista is asking for an extension that exceeeds five years and $150 million.

Rick Westhead of TSN.ca first reported Tuesday that Bautista was asking for a five-year extension worth more than $30 million per season. It seemed like an unrealistic ask given his age (he turns 36 in October) and Bautista later said that the report was "false." That's apparently true, but not for the reason everyone was expecting. Needless to say, we don't see the Blue Jays (or anyone) meeting his lofty demands. Bautista is due to hit free agency after the 2016 season.
Feb 24 - 11:12 AM

Jose Bautista denied a report that he's asking for a five-year extension worth $150 million.

Rick Westhead of TSN.ca reported word of the lofty demand, but Bautista called it "false." This wouldn't be the first time that a team leaked a number to make a player look unreasonable, but either way, this isn't a realistic scenario given his age. Bautista has told the Blue Jays what it would take to keep him and we'll have to wait to find out if they are willing to meet it.
Feb 23 - 1:33 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera
10Joe Biagini
11Chad Girodo