Jose Bautista RUMORS & NEWS

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista has suspension appeal hearing Thursday

    Toronto Star "It will be an early wake-up call and a busy morning for Jose Bautista on Thursday, as he has an in-person hearing scheduled at MLB headquarters in downtown Manhattan followed by the Blue Jays’ series finale against the Yankees in the Bronx. Bautista is appealing his one-game suspension for..." May 24

  • Raptors' DeMarre Carroll Tells Jose Bautista He's Got His Back If Another Fight Breaks Out

    Complex "If Jose Bautista ever finds himself in another conflict with Rougned Odor or anyone else, the Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll wants him to know that he's got his back. During Sunday's Blue Jays-Rangers game, Odor caught Bautista with a solid punch to the face, sparking a huge brawl with both..." May 20

  • Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor Earns Free BBQ For Life For Punching Jose Bautista

    Dallas Eater "During Sunday’s game between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor lobbed the punch heard ‘round the world at Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. The punch, which earned Odor an eight game suspension from Major League Baseball, also scored him a pretty..." May 20

  • Rangers Affiliate To Sell Alcoholic Drink In Honor Of Rougned Odor’s Punch

    NESN "Baseball suspended Rougned Odor eight games for rearranging Jose Bautista’s face with his fist, but that’s not going to stop one Texas Rangers minor league affiliate from capitalizing on the punch. The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders introduced an alcoholic energy drink in honor of the Rangers second..." May 18

  • Price: I'll endorse Bautista anytime

    The Score "David Price has no problem standing in Jose Bautista's corner. The Boston Red Sox ace admitted Tuesday that while the general public's perception of the slugger may not be entirely favorable - even more so after Sunday's bench-clearing brawl - spending half a season as his Toronto Blue Jays..." May 17

  • Bautista suspended 1 game for brawl with Rangers

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista received a one-game suspension for his role in Sunday's benches-clearing brawl against the Texas Rangers as well as his postgame comments, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday." May 17

  • Chipper Jones implies Jose Bautista is not liked around baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre is expected to announce disciplinary action against those involved in Sunday’s brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers as soon as Tuesday. While some have predicted a lengthy suspension for Rougned Odor because he actually landed a punch, others..." May 17

  • Rangers’ Odor on Bautista punch: ‘I was just trying to protect myself’

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Rougned Odor said that he expects to be suspended by Major League Baseball, but the Texas Rangers’ second baseman said that he doesn’t regret punching Jose Bautista on Sunday because he felt he needed to defend himself. Odor spoke to the media Monday afternoon before the Rangers opened a..." May 17

  • MLB Star Jose Bautista -- 'No Medical Attention' ... After Punch to the Face

    TMZ "It looked worse than it actually was ... because Jose Bautista did NOT require any sort of medical attention after taking that hard overhand right to the face this weekend, TMZ Sports has learned. We spoke with Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, who tells us straight up -- "Everything is fine, Jose..." May 16

  • How long will Rougned Odor be suspended for punching Jose Bautista?

    MLB Daily Dish "Twitter was abuzz Sunday as fans on both sides of the border argued about the fallout from the Jose Bautista-Rougned Odor brawl in Arlington. While I won't dive into my personal feelings on the incident in this space, I thought it would be useful to try to predict the length of the suspension..." May 16

  • Toronto writer on Rangers-Blue Jays brawl: 'Matt Bush is an idiot. Rougned Odor is a punk'

    Sports Day "Add Toronto Star writer Richard Griffin to the list of people not pulling punches this weekend. In a column looking at the Rangers-Blue Jays brawl, including Rougned Odor's movie-like punch of Jose Bautista, Griffin calls Rangers pitcher Matt Bush an "idiot" and Odor a "punk." And that's just..." May 16

  • Canseco: Bautista should beat Odor 'prison style'

    The Score "From one Jose to another, Canseco has Bautista's back. The former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder piped in on Twitter after Rougned Odor's right hook to Bautista triggered two bench-clearings in Sunday afternoon's game, calling the punch a "cheap shot." As far as we know, Canseco's only..." May 16

  • Blue Jays' John Gibbons: Rangers 'gutless' for throwing at Jose Bautista, starting melee

    Sporting News "The Rangers' plunking of Blue Jays star Jose Bautista was revenge eight months in the making, Toronto manager John Gibbons said Sunday from the clubhouse after tensions ran high and benches cleared twice during Texas' 7-6 win. "It was gutless," said Gibbons (via, who was one of eight..." May 16

  • Rangers out of line in brawl with Blue Jays

    ESPN "If you want to keep a scorecard of the bad blood between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers and where everything fits into the nebulous world of the baseball code, it goes something like this: Jose Bautista: Excessive bat flip and stare-down after mammoth, series-turning home run off Sam..." May 16

  • Bautista plays 1,000th game with Blue Jays

    The Score "Jose Bautista was once property of five different teams in 2004. On Saturday, he suited up for his 1,000th game with one. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder became just the 11th player in franchise history to play 1,000 games with the club, something nobody could have envisioned when his tenure..." May 15

  • Bautista backs Colabello's defense of failed PED test

    Toronto Star "Speaking at an event Friday in support of an organization that cautions young athletes against using performance-enhancing drugs, Jose Bautista said he believes Chris Colabello’s claim he did not knowingly ingest the anabolic steroid for which he tested positive earlier this year. “If anything,..." May 14

  • Bautista picking his spots with throws in right field

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is being more selective about when he unleashes his throwing arm in right field, as his shoulder remains at about "85-90 per cent" of full strength after last year’s strain. The Toronto Blue Jays right-fielder, who has one outfield assist so far this season, suffered the injury..." April 26

  • Toronto willing to offer Jose Bautista an extension

    MLB Daily Dish "In late February, the baseball world was in a frenzy because of the reported "negotiations" between Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays. He wanted "Barry Bonds money" but Toronto was understandably skeptical of offering a 35 (and soon to be 36) year old outfielder a contract for five years north of..." April 26

  • Jose Bautista calls his beard the ‘source of all my power’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Jose Bautista, much like Samson, apparently believes hair can be the source of great power. But unlike the Biblical character, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger — like James Harden — believes his strength stems from his facial hair, specifically his beard. Bautista recently engaged in a whimsical..." April 12

  • Bautista offers teammate $15K in eating contest

    The Score "When given the chance to enjoy a night out in Montreal, you simply must take advantage. That's exactly what Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista did Thursday when he offered Chris Colabello $15,000 to eat eight pounds of lobster mac and cheese at one of Montreal's finest dining establishments." April 01

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Jays may sign 1 of @JoeyBats19 and encarnacion but word is, no chance both. Martin/tulo r on books, can't do 4 huge salaries

  • Blue Jays open to ‘Cespedes-type’ offer for Bautista

    Sportsnet "Regardless of what happens during Grapefruit League action, the biggest story surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays continues to be Jose Bautista‘s contract situation. Bautista has made it clear that he’s put his number on the table and isn’t taking a hometown discount. It’s less clear what the..." March 13

  • Gossage: Jose Bautista a 'disgrace,' baseball ruined by 'nerds'

    ESPN "Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage called Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista a "disgrace to the game" and blasted "nerds" for turning baseball into a "joke" during a 10-minute interview Thursday. "Bautista is a f---ing disgrace to the game," Gossage told ESPN. "He's embarrassing to all..." March 10

  • Bautista willing to negotiate to stay in Toronto

    The Score "Despite Jose Bautista initially indicating there is no room for negotiations with respect to his contract demands, he may now be open to giving the Toronto Blue Jays' front office some leeway. Bautista publicly stated last month that he had extended the terms he deemed acceptable and wasn't..." March 09

  • Gammons: Bautista thinks Blue Jays leaked $150M report

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista already shot down the report that he requested a five-year, $150-million deal in order to re-sign, and believes he knows the source of the leak. Speaking with Hall of Fame baseball columnist Peter Gammons, Bautista said he thinks his contract demands..." March 03

  • The Blue Jays have to choose between Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista

    MLB Daily Dish "Earlier today, Gregor Chisholm of reported that impending free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion doesn't have his sights set on hitting the open market, but instead would rather work out an extension with the Blue Jays during spring training. "Encarnacion is doing his best to remain..." February 28

  • Blue Jays’ Shapiro downplays Bautista contract situation

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro described the intense focus on Jose Bautista’s contract situation in recent days as a “part of the landscape, part of spring training.” “Every spring training there are contractual situations that come up,” he told media Thursday, his first public..." February 26

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Bautista reported ask of $150M, 5 yrs is indeed not exactly accurate, as Joey Bats said. At least years and total $ r MORE.

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    Jose Bautista on report he asked for $150m over five years: "False." #BlueJays

  • Jose Bautista Shoots Down Report He's Demanding Five-Year, $150 Million Deal

    The Big Lead "Jose Bautista is apparently not demanding the Toronto Blue Jays pay him $150 million over the life of a five-year contract extension. The Internet exploded on Tuesday when reports leaked that Bautista was demanding that ludicrous deal, but the 35-year-old slugger has denied them. This wouldn’t..." February 23

  • Bautista's demand is five years, $150M

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays’ all-star outfielder Jose Bautista is demanding a five-year contract extension worth more than $30 million per year, two sources familiar with the matter told TSN. Bautista turns 36 in October and a $150-million contract, were he able to secure it, would make him among..." February 23

  • Why the Blue Jays might have a tough time locking up Jose Bautista

    CBS Sports "Over the last five seasons, the Blue Jays have received MVP caliber production from Jose Bautista at a relatively bargain price. He made $14 million annually from 2012-15 while hitting .261/.377/.522 (147 OPS+) with 130 home runs and 18.8 WAR. Bautista will again make $14 million in 2016,..." February 22

  • Bautista, Encarnacion in Blue Jays' future plans? "The Blue Jays might have one of the most exciting lineups in baseball, but it's away from the field where most of the action will be taking place this spring. Toronto's most pressing issue when camp officially begins on Sunday in Dunedin, Fla., is the future of Jose Bautista and Edwin..." February 19

  • Bautista: I haven't paid for a meal or drink in Toronto since the bat flip

    The Score "In October, Jose Bautista authored one of the greatest moments in Toronto Blue Jays history with his go-ahead, three-run homer in Game 5 of ALDS against the Texas Rangers and the unforgettable bat flip that followed. On Friday, the 35-year-old superstar said he's been reaping the benefits of his..." February 13

  • Bautista will 'pretend' to coach in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    The Score "Jose Bautista isn't going to try to fool anyone with his basketball coaching abilities when he steps onto the sidelines this weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger, who is one of four coaches of the Canadian team for Friday's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Toronto, will do his best to pretend..." February 11

  • Jays to explore extensions for Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion

    ESPN "Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen once both sides arrive in spring training later this month, sources told ESPN on Friday. Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he..." February 06

  • How much should the Blue Jays spend to keep Bautista?

    The Score "Talk of Jose Bautista's future with the Toronto Blue Jays has stretched beyond the Canadian border of late. Struck at a recent "Pitch Talks" by impassioned pleas (from fans and local writers alike) for the club to retain the 35-year-old superstar beyond 2016, Ken Rosenthal has since invited an..." February 04

  • Blue Jays' new execs still getting to know Bautista, Encarnacion

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is trying to familiarize himself with his new surroundings before jumping into the deep end. The first-time GM's been on the job for under two months. He and team president Mark Shapiro are looking to get acquainted with soon-to-be free-agent..." January 30

  • Blue Jays to meet with Bautista next week about extension

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro said Wednesday that the club expects to open dialogue with Jose Bautista next week about a possible contract extension. Shapiro, who said he anticipates meeting with Bautista in Tampa, also revealed during his appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan..." January 14

  • GM: Blue Jays want open dialogue with Bautista, Encarnacion

    Sportsnet "With just ten months remaining before Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion hit free agency, the Toronto Blue Jays are planning to have ‘open dialogue’ with the two sluggers. “We want to win and Jose and Edwin want to win,” GM Ross Atkins told Brady & Walker on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Monday...." January 11

  • Blue Jays GM: No extension offers yet to Bautista, Encarnacion

    The Score "With their roster for the 2016 campaign more or less in place, the new decision-makers in the Toronto Blue Jays' front office are now expected to direct their focus toward the future. And determining whether or not that future will include Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion - the two..." January 11

  • Bautista defends bat flip: 'You're kidding yourself if you think baseball isn't a show'

    The Score "Jose Bautista delivered the bat flip heard around the world in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers, and now that the dust has settled with the 2015 season in the rear view mirror, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger is reflecting on the controversial celebration. In a column titled "Are You..." November 09

  • Blue Jays exercise options on Bautista, Dickey, Encarnacion

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have officially exercised 2016 team options on Jose Bautista ($14 million), R.A. Dickey ($12 million) and Edwin Encarnacion ($10 million). Meanwhile, the Blue Jays declined a $3 million option for Maicer Izturis, paying a $1 million buyout instead. Bautista and..." November 03

  • Bautista performing balancing act at the plate "The American League Championship Series has become a grueling test of Jose Bautista's patience. The Blue Jays' No. 3 hitter badly wants to do damage in run-scoring opportunities, but the Royals aren't giving him all that much to hit. And so Bautista is constantly fighting himself, toeing the line..." October 22

  • Derek Holland calls Jose Bautista “a tired act”

    Hardball Talk "Rangers starter Derek Holland was on KRLD-FM 105.3 in Dallas and was asked about Jose Bautista. He calls Bautista “a tired act.” He also says “I’m not a big fan of him,” saying “he complains about every single thing,” and saying, in response to his famous bat flip, “trust me, nobody likes it.”..." October 21

  • Bautista says 'no confusion' over misplayed ball

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays star outfielder Jose Bautista says there was "no confusion" over a ball hit between him and second baseman Ryan Goins during the club's seventh-inning collapse in Game 2 of the ALCS. With the Blue Jays and starter David Price staked to a 3-0 lead, Ben Zobrist's shallow popup..." October 18

  • Jose Bautista does not need to “calm that down” and “respect the game”

    Hardball Talk "Rangers reliever Sam Dyson is pretty good. Had a nice year (154 ERA+ in 75 appearances). He likely has a good future working out of bullpens around the league and, as far as any of us know, is a hell of a guy. Maybe a husband. Maybe a father. Good neighbor. Loyal lodge member. Let’s just grant him..." October 15

  • Sam Dyson whines about Jose Bautista bat flip

    Larry Brown Sports "Sam Dyson is upset about giving up the home run that cost the Texas Rangers a spot in the ALCS, and now he’s acting like a sore loser. The Rangers relief pitcher called out Jose Bautista following Game 5 of the ALDS for doing a disrespectful bat flip after his monstrous 3-run home run that gave..." October 15

  • Bautista ensures Blue Jays’ wild adventure lives on

    Sportsnet "A seventh inning perhaps without peer in baseball history started on a play as bizarre as they come, one that left a crew of veteran umpires and replay officials in New York struggling to untangle the mess. It led to an official protest, a buoyant crowd of 49,742 turned unruly mob littered the..." October 14

  • Jose Bautista critical of replay, while Jays question strike zone after Game 2

    ESPN "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista took aim at Major League Baseball's replay system Friday after a critical call that went against the Blue Jays in the 14th inning was upheld by the replay center in New York, giving the Texas Rangers a chance to score the go-ahead run in their 6-4 victory..." October 10