Bautista Update: Rosenthal Says That, If Completed, It Will Be For One Year With A Mutual Option

Andrew Stoeten
January 16 2017 02:28PM

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Well here's an interesting twist in the still-ongoing José Bautista saga:

I don't think we should get too concerned about the word "if" in there, or the idea that this may conflict with the reports of a two-year deal (which this basically still is). It sure feels like the Blue Jays are resigned to the fact that José Bautista is coming home. But that mutual option bit sure seems fun, doesn't it? We get to do this all again next year!

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Bautista Deal Still Expected But Not Yet Set, Plus: Saunders Goes to Philly and a McCutchen Rumour

Andrew Stoeten
January 16 2017 12:39PM

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Jose Bautista is still technically a free agent, but all the chatter in the world continues to suggest that he's about to re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Finally!!!

Ken Rosenthal hears that the deal will be for two years, in the $35-40 million range, while Jon Heyman separately, he says, hears something similar -- that the two sides are finalizing a deal believed to be for two years and "about" $37 million.

We can think more on the terms once we know them officially, but for now let's just say that sounds fucking great.

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Blue Jays "Nearing a Deal" With José Bautista

Andrew Stoeten
January 15 2017 09:55PM

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Our long national nightmare may soon be over.

Don't ask me why the hell it has taken this long, but after a few days of dancing through the media -- Mark Shapiro calling him the best hitter available and yet only goings as far as calling him an "alternative," and reports, perhaps with origins in Bautista's camp, that Cleveland and Baltimore were taking serious looks at him -- we've finally reached the point where it seems like José Bautista's return to Toronto is finally in motion.

To wit:

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Ken Rosenthal Suggests Cleveland is Now Considering José Bautista, Too!

Andrew Stoeten
January 14 2017 06:06PM

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Oh man, as a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays I hate this idea almost as much as I love it as somebody who follows the team and the conversation around it: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Saturday that the Cleveland baseball franchise, despite seemingly having already spent all they could possibly spend this winter on Edwin Encarnación, are still looking at the free agent market… including José Bautista. 

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Shapiro Speaks!: On Encarnación, Bautista, the Bullpen, and the Big Picture

Andrew Stoeten
January 13 2017 05:36PM

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Mark Shapiro spoke with Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt for twenty minutes Friday morning on Blair’s Fan 590 show, and while the Blue Jays president and CEO didn’t do much to tip his hand as far as where the club’s still-evolving off-season is going, there was a whole lot that he said that I think is worth examining.

There was the obvious -- saying, “I would encourage you not to think this body of work is done,” about the off-season, for example -- and a bunch of Bautista and Encarnación stuff that will certainly be what most fans are curious to hear. But there were some big picture things that were rather fascinating, as well.

Of course, we’ll start with the juiciest bits:

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