José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 months ago

General manager Ross Atkins said the Blue Jays informed Bautista that they won't pick up his mutual option for 2018, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Atkins didn't rule out Bautista returning to the Blue Jays on a new contract, but he called the scenario unlikely. Bautista would have been in line to make $17 million next season, so this doesn't come as too much of a surprise given his unremarkable .203/.308/.366 line and his 24.7 percent strikeout rate in 157 games this season. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though his expectations for next season should be kept in check given his noticeable decline over the previous two seasons.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 months ago

Bautista was ejected from Monday's game in Boston after arguing a called third strike during the eighth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista finished the night 1-for-4 with two punch outs, dropping his average to .204. Ezequiel Carrera took over in right field following the ejection.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 months ago

Bautista is out of Monday's lineup against Baltimore, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the midst of a disappointing season, Bautista has had some success at the plate recently. Since the start of September he's hit .313/.389/.594 and slugged two home runs over 32 at-bats. He'll head to the bench Monday as Teoscar Hernandez gets the nod to start in right field.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Bautista went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and two runs Friday against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista left the yard for the 22nd time this season, bringing the Blue Jays within one run of the Tigers in the eighth inning of a home loss. Although his home run total has been decent, his .208/.315/.384 slash line has made him a player to avoid in fantasy lineups for most of the season.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Bautista is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

After getting seven at-bats in Tuesday's 19-inning loss in Boston, the veteran will take a seat. Ezequiel Carrera will start in right field and lead off against righty Doug Fister.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Bautista is out of Friday's lineup against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

With rosters expanding, the Blue Jays had plenty of options to spell the veteran slugger. Teoscar Hernandez will make his debut with the Blue Jays in right field, hitting eighth.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Bautista is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Twins, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista will head to the bench after starting each of the team's past eight games. During that stretch, the veteran slugger went 4-for-31 with 10 strikeouts to lower his season average to an abysmal .208. Josh Donaldson will man third base while Norichika Aoki will start in right field in his absence.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Manager John Gibbons slyly suggested that he'll continue deploying Bautista at third base routinely through the end of the season, Richard Griffin of The Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista's defensive value in the outfield has declined, and the team's offensive weapons on the infield are lacking. With the slugger moving to third, and Josh Donaldson taking over shortstop, Gibbons can bolster his offense through the outfield. Bautista already has six games under his belt at the hot corner this year, and the Jays have 38 contests remaining. It seems likely he'll pick up third-base eligibility before season's end, and the possibility of logging enough time to open 2018 with flexibility is on the table, too.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Bautista is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday against the Cubs, leading off an playing right field, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran had started the first 15 games of August before taking a breather Thursday. Bautista returns to action against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta to try building on his four-homer month.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 months ago

Bautista is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista retreats to the bench for the first time this month after starting in 15 straight games. During that span, the slugger is hitting just .186 at the plate, but he has added four home runs and eight RBI. In his place, Norichika Aoki gets the start in right while batting at the top of the order.