January 20 2017 12:37PM
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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!
January 19 2017 02:12PM
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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!
January 18 2017 02:48PM
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...
January 18 2017 01:19PM
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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: