Birds All Day: 97. The Benevolent Edward Rogers Baseball Society Hour

Andrew Stoeten
January 19 2017 10:25PM

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José Bautista is officially back where he belongs, and the 2017 Blue Jays can now focus on other needs -- something they may even still have the money to do, thanks to one special guy!

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Atkins Speaks!: Ostensibly On Bautista, But Most Interestingly On Edward Rogers and Left Field

Andrew Stoeten
January 19 2017 02:12PM

Ross Atkins
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Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins met the media today, and while it was ostensibly to talk about José Bautista, it feels like that's already been done to death. The public spin on how we got here just doesn't interest me very much at this point.

But that doesn't mean there wasn't a whole lot to be mined from his comments today, especially on two subjects in particular: the ever-growing involvement of Edward Rogers in the Blue Jays' day-to-day operations, and the mess that continues to be the club's left field situation. (And, OK, there was a little Bautista stuff that actually was interesting that we'll get to as well).

Let's dive in!

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Jeff Blair Says Edward Rogers Had a Hand In the Bautista Deal, and That's Probably a Good Thing

Andrew Stoeten
January 18 2017 02:48PM

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Truly fascinating stuff today from Jeff Blair's radio show on the Fan 590, as he says he's heard that Edward Rogers expanded the Blue Jays' budget in order to get the José Bautista deal done.

Not only that, he speaks about a genuine friendship between the scion and Mark Shapiro, which certainly sounds on the surface like it could be beneficial to the Blue Jays. If you believe it...

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Bautista's Contract Details Emerge, and Past Year One It Gets Rather Interesting

Andrew Stoeten
January 18 2017 01:19PM

José Bautista
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The details of José Bautista's contract have emerged, and they're quite a bit more interesting than the chatter we'd heard about there being a couple mutual options that wouldn't likely be exercised. A one-year deal still seems the far more likely scenario, but there could very much be incentive for both sides to exercise the mutual option next winter.

Jon Heyman has the breakdown for us:

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What Can the Blue Jays Expect From Aging Slugger José Bautista In 2017?

Andrew Stoeten
January 18 2017 11:44AM

José Bautista
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"I don't think there should be any negotiations."

That was Jose Bautista last spring, speaking to a gaggle of reporters about his looming free agent walk year, failing to be careful what he wished for.

It has likely been a rather lonely winter for the man they call Joey Bats. After declining the Blue Jays' $17.2 million qualifying offer in early November, and in the process chaining a draft pick around his own neck, Bautista sat and waited as the market for one-dimensional power hitters collapsed around him.

We all know about Edwin Encarnacion's roller coaster ride through free agency. Before that even began there was a sign that things could get ugly, when Chris Carter, who hit 41 home runs for the Brewers, wasn't even tendered a contract. Mark Trumbo hit 47 home runs for the Orioles, and yet his name—like Bautista's name—hardly appeared in rumours.

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