Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 days ago

Bautista arrived to camp Friday feeling healthy, and refuted the idea that he's injury-prone, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Last season, Bautista injured his left big toe crashing into the outfield wall in June, and landed on the disabled list again after twisting his left knee on the Rogers Centre turf in August. The veteran slugger fell victim to freak plays more so than a physical breakdown. "I was trying to make baseball plays both times," he said. "Any day in July, I could have run down the line to first, tripped over myself and gotten hurt worse." Bautista will get an early opportunity to showcase his health when he participates for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Bautista agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays recently emerged as the frontrunner for the veteran slugger's services, and after initial expectations were of the contrary, Bautista will head back north of the border for another season. The agreement includes a mutual option that could keep him in Toronto through the 2019 season. In the short-term, however, it seems like Bautista will be an integral part in the Blue Jays batting order, especially now that Edwin Encarnacion is out of town.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Bautista is close to finalizing a two-year deal with the Blue Jays worth close to $40 million, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

While it appeared quite unlikely earlier in the offseason that Bautista would be re-signed by the Jays, the 36-year-old perhaps found a cooler market than expected in free agency, and has warmed up to the idea of returning to Toronto. Bautista struggled to a .234/.366/.452 batting line during an injury-plagued 2016, but even at his advanced age, he still boasts the sort of plus-power and plate discipline that would make him a pillar in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup. After playing in the corner outfield through much of his career, however, Bautista could end up transitioning to a first base or designated hitter role, assuming the deal with the Blue Jays is eventually consummated.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 months ago

Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, has remained in constant contact with the Jays since the winter meetings, where the two sides reopened negotiations to bring the slugger back to Toronto, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The market for Bautista, 36, has been slow to develop after he struggled through an injury-plagued 2016 season and finished with a .234/.366/.452 slash line. The 13-year veteran hit 22 homers and drove in 69 runs, but his batting average and OPS were his lowest in seven years. Bautista rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from Toronto after the season.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 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
5 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.