Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Blue Jays' general manager Ross Atkins denied on Friday that the signing of designated hitter Kendrys Morales spells the end of the club's interest in Bautista, the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Morales signing -- three years, $33 million -- was officially announced Friday. Although previous reports said the team is uninterested in, and the Morales deal makes Bautista's return less likely, Atkins said he still feels like bringing the slugger back is a possibility. The 36-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued campaign in which he hit just 22 homers, Bautista's lowest total since joining Toronto in 2009. Despite battling Father Time, the 12-year veteran is demanding a big contract in free agency that only a handful of teams could afford.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Bautista declined the Blue Jays' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, the slugger will now enter the free agent market as one of the bigger bats available. That being said, the team that signs him will have to give up a draft pick, which could reduce his appeal on the market.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Bautista received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is expected to turn down the $17.2 million qualifying offer, but a draft pick will now be attached to him as a free agent, which will reduce his value on the open market.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Even after an injury-plagued season, Bautista is expected to turn down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Jays, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

The feeling is Bautista, 36, will get multi-year offers in free agency. Boston could be a preferred destination, with Bautista having played for Red Sox' coaches John Farrell and Brian Butterfield when they were both in Toronto. The slugger also enjoys playing at Fenway Park, as evidenced by the 24 homers he's hammered there, Bautista's highest total outside of Toronto's Rogers Centre.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 months ago

The Jays are expected to extend a qualifying offer to Bautista, a potential free agent, once the World Series ends, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a season-ending news conference Monday, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the decision to extend an offer is "about as easy a decision as we'll make." The 36-year-old hit 22 homers with 69 RBI while batting .234 in an injury-slowed season. The outfielder homered twice in the AL playoffs. Bautista signed a $65-million, five-year deal in 2011. Toronto picked up a $14 million option for 2016. Teammate Edwin Encarnacion is also said to be receiving an offer.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 months ago

Bautista went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, two walks and a run in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

His 355-foot rocket to left in the fifth plated Ezequiel Carrera and snapped a 1-1 tie. Bautista has been a potent source of RBI in September, with 17 runs driven in overall, and 10 of those RBI in the last nine games alone on the strength of four homers.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 months ago

Bautista went 2-for-2 with two walks, his 21st home run of the season, and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The 35-year-old slugger is heating up at exactly the right time to lead the Jays back to the playoffs. Bautista has homered in three of the last four games, and is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with a .676 SLG over his last 10 games while adding nine RBI and seven runs scored.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 months ago

Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double and three-run homer in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger's 405-foot shot to left off reliever Tyler Clippard provided all the runs the Blue Jays would need on the afternoon. Bautista now has six RBI over his last three games and hits in eight of his last nine contests. He's been making plenty of hard contact recently as well, with four extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers) in his last 13 at-bats.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 months ago

Bautista went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in Friday's 9-0 victory over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran drove home Ezequiel Carrera and Devon Travis in the seventh with his two-bagger, the seventh time he's hit safely over his last eight games. Bautista has five doubles, six homers and 14 RBI since returning from a DL stint on Aug. 25.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 months ago

Bautista went 1-for-5 with a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning of Wednesday's extra-innings loss to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

The Jays were held scoreless for 8.1 innings before Bautista blasted his 19th longball of the year. The veteran slugger has had a disappointing, injury-plagued year and has really struggled down the stretch. Bautista's .333 slugging percentage in September is his worst mark for any month with 25-plus at-bats this year. On the other hand, his .391 OBP in September is just two points shy of his season-best .393 mark from April.