Jose Bautista RUMORS & NEWS

  • Bautista admits he 'could have handled things differently' last season

    Sportsnet "The path back to the Toronto Blue Jays from last spring to this one for Jose Bautista remains a subject filled with intrigue. It was last Feb. 22, almost exactly a year ago, when the franchise icon revealed that, at the club’s request, he’d delivered terms for a contract extension and stated..." February 20

  • Chris Davis: Jose Bautista is ‘easy to dislike’

    Larry Brown Sports "Chris Davis made it pretty clear on Saturday that he’s no fan of Jose Bautista. Bautista re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays two weeks ago after going a few months on the free agent market. There was some speculation that the Baltimore Orioles would have interest in Bautista, but that didn’t..." January 28

  • Bautista says he took less money but is happy in Toronto

    CTV News "Jose Bautista says he took less money to re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, but is happy even though he didn't get a long-term contract. The free agent slugger agreed to an $18.5 million, one-year contract last Tuesday that includes mutual options for more years. The 36-year-old Bautista..." January 21

  • Bautista expected to play for Dominican Republic at WBC

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is “likely to play” for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Bautista, who signed a one-year, $18-million deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, would be joining a Dominican outfield that already..." January 20

  • Gibbons: ‘There’s a chance’ Bautista plays some first base for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is back with the Toronto Blue Jays after officially signing a one-year contract Wednesday, but manager John Gibbons hinted the veteran’s role on the field could change slightly in 2017. Bautista has been the team’s starting right fielder, and that will be the case at the start of..." January 18

  • Jose Bautista’s new deal with Blue Jays has attendance bonus

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is guaranteed to receive $18 million in 2017 after signing a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. However, he could earn more than that depending on how many fans show up to the Rogers Centre this year. According to baseball insider Jon Heyman, Bautista’s new deal comes..." January 18

  • Blue Jays officially sign Bautista to 1-year deal

    Toronto Sun "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista decided to test the free-agent market this off-season. A return to the city where he blossomed into one of the game’s top sluggers turned out to be the best fit. The Blue Jays confirmed Wednesday that Bautista has re-signed with the team, agreeing to..." January 18

  • Blue Jays agree to one-year deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to re-sign Jose Bautista to a one-year contract, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which has not been announced by the team, would complete a reunion that seemed highly unlikely as recently as last month. After joining the Blue Jays in a..." January 17

  • Deal with Jose Bautista would have far-reaching impact for Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "After months spent exploring the open market, Jose Bautista may be nearing a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth $35-40 million. Nothing’s official at this point, so there’s no guarantee that the 36-year-old returns for a 10th season in Toronto. But if Bautista does end up back with..." January 16

  • Bautista, Jays deal could be a two year deal worth $35-40M

    Yardbarker "It appears Jose Bautista is staying put, after all. The Toronto Blue Jays are the “front-runner” to re-sign Bautista and are “nearing a deal” with the free agent outfielder,’s Jesse Sanchez reported Sunday night, citing a source. Bautista and the club are discussing a two-year contract..." January 16

  • Blue Jays nearing deal with Jose Bautista

    Sportsnet "After months of speculation, rumours, hearsay and tweets by a nervous fanbase, it appears the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Jose Bautista won’t be parting after all. The club appears to be nearing a deal to re-sign the free agent, Jesse Sanchez of reported late Sunday..." January 16

  • Indians continuing to monitor Bautista, free-agent market

    CBS Sports "Earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Indians signed designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year pact worth $60 million -- the largest contract handed out in franchise history. It stood to reason the Indians wouldn't make another big move this winter -- at least not via the free-agent..." January 15

  • Blue Jays' Shapiro: Bautista 'probably the most talented' available OF

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays appear to have serious interest in re-signing Jose Bautista, as team president and CEO Mark Shapiro described the free agent outfielder as “if not the best, one of the best” potential fits remaining on the market. “We clearly need a corner outfielder and Jose’s probably..." January 13

  • Bautista back atop Blue Jays’ outfield list

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have been quiet but that doesn’t mean they aren’t talking. The team is in discussions with every corner outfielder available in the free-agent market. They are also having dialogue with clubs that have corner outfielders available via trade. The first-choice options..." January 11

  • Rumours: Bautista talking with Twins

    TSN "Rhett Bollinger of reports that the Minnesota Twins have met with the representative of Toronto Blue Jays free agent Jose Bautista, but adds that it's unclear how interested both parties are in the pairing. Reportedly, Bautista, 36, is willing to sign a one-year deal in hopes of..." January 10

  • Why Jose Bautista could be a steal on a one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The longer Jose Bautista remains on the open market, the more speculation builds that the two-time home run champion might be willing to accept a one-year deal. Doing so would theoretically allow Bautista to re-build value in 2017 then hit the market a year from now knowing that teams can’t..." January 09

  • No, the Phillies Should Not Sign Jose Bautista

    Fox Sports "Speculation is that the Philadelphia Phillies would like to add another veteran outfield bat, but is that really the right move at this time? The Philadelphia Phillies’ rebuilding program continues to move along at a reasonable pace. After finally resolving to commit to that rebuild, the club..." January 08

  • Duquette says Bautista comments were blown out of proportion

    Sporting News "Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Sunday his comments about free agent Jose Bautista last month were "blown out of proportion." Duquette told Toronto's Sportsnet Radio 590 The Fan in early December that the Orioles had no interest in signing the former Blue Jays slugger. "We told..." January 08

  • Jays can’t afford not to bring Bautista back: Griffin

    Toronto Star "Since his breakout, 54-homer season in 2010, these have been Jose Bautista’s Blue Jays. At the same time, over the past four seasons, since the Jays decided to go for it all in 2013 (and failed), there has been a wildly profitable renaissance of their brand. With that in mind, Rogers..." January 04

  • Ex-MLB GM Thinks Jose Bautista Won't Sign Anywhere Until June

    12 Up "​Jose Bautista has experienced his only career stardom in Toronto, and while he hasn't ruled out a return to Canada, a change of scenery could be in order. Bautista has been one of the league's best hitters for quite some time. He is getting up there in age, of course, but teams in need of a..." January 03

  • Blue Jays reportedly considering Brett Gardner, not Bautista

    Hardball Talk "The rumor mill isn’t done with Jose Bautista just yet. Two days ago, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the 36-year-old outfielder had engaged in contract discussions with the Blue Jays. It appeared to be a logical choice for both sides, as Bautista has a lengthy history in Toronto and the..." January 01

  • Bautista reunion with Blue Jays still makes sense

    Toronto Star "As a new year approaches, there have been Twitter reports of Blue Jays free-agent Jose Bautista in “active contract discussions” to return to Toronto for at least one more kick at the World Series can. The reality is that the possibility of the slugging right fielder returning on a short-term..." January 01

  • Red Sox may regret passing on Jose Bautista

    Boston Globe "One of the strangest things I’ve seen this offseason is the Red Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays not trying to seal a deal with Jose Bautista, one of the outstanding offensive forces in the game in terms of power, OBP, and position flexibility. Teams will regret passing on him. Bautista, available..." January 01

  • Blue Jays In Active Discussions With Jose Bautista

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays are engaged in active contract negotiations with Jose Bautista’s representatives, reports MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (on Twitter). A return to Toronto would certainly make sense for Bautista and makes a fair amount of sense for the Blue Jays as well. The subtraction of Bautista,..." December 29

  • Blue Jays and Jose Bautista: Made for Each Other

    Fox Sports "At this point, the pairing of Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays resembles one of those marriages made in hell, but one that is still very necessary for both parties lest they slide even further backwards than they already have. Much ado about nothing is now accompanying the report..." December 28

  • Jose Bautista Willing To Consider One-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran slugger Jose Bautista is willing to take a one-year contract, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. There’s something of a catch, though: per the report, “he wants it to be at a higher value than the qualifying offer.” It seems, then, that Bautista would need to see something..." December 24

  • Bautista hopes to return to Blue Jays in free agency

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays need an outfielder, Jose Bautista needs a contract, and so the two parties should come together and complete a deal, says FOX Sports and MLB insider Jon Morosi. Morosi joined Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Tuesday morning and said Bautista has rejected at..." December 20

  • Blue Jays Have Not Offered Jose Bautista More Than Qualifying Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Since slugger Jose Bautista declined the one-year, $17.2MM qualifying offer made to him by the Blue Jays at the outset of the offseason, the club has not made him a formal offer that exceeds that amount, Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweets. That’s not exactly surprising, perhaps, as Bautista’s..." December 20

  • Rays reportedly open to anything, including signing Bautista

    CBS Sports "Throughout the winter, we've addressed the Tampa Bay Rays' situation multiple times. There's an argument for the Rays tearing down their roster, trading off Evan Longoria and Chris Archer (among others), and focusing on 2019 or 2020 or whenever. The pragmatic argument -- always pesky to idealists..." December 18

  • Mariners signing free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista? Wanna bet?

    Tacoma News Tribune "Here’s an interesting debate topic for Mariners fans as they gather for the holidays while awaiting the next move by general manager Jerry Dipoto: Jose Bautista. The online gaming folks at sent out a news release Friday in which they listed the Mariners as a 12/1..." December 18

  • Report: Blue Jays unwilling to give Bautista multi-year deal "The Blue Jays technically aren't out of the running for Jose Bautista, but a reunion between the two sides seems unlikely at best. According to industry sources, Toronto has remained unwilling to offer Bautista more than the $17.2 million qualifying offer that he declined last month. The..." December 13

  • Jays, Bautista still talking

    TSN "The Winter Meeting are over, but that hasn't stopped Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins and Jose Bautista's agent Jay Alou from remaining in contract. According to's Jon Morosi, the two sides are still talking and a reunion is not out of the question. Many thought Bautista's..." December 12

  • Bautista back with Blue Jays? Moves teams need to make

    ESPN "The winter meetings are over, Chris Sale is in Boston, and Dexter Fowler is in St. Louis, but there are still free agents to sign and trades in the works. Here are few moves I'd like to see: 1. St. Louis Cardinals sign Justin Turner. This might be superfluous with Jedd Gyorko and Jhonny Peralta..." December 12

  • Here's why Jose Bautista to the Red Sox likely won't happen

    CBS Sports "Rest easy, Toronto Blue Jays fans. The Boston Red Sox will not be signing free-agent slugger Jose Bautista to replace David Ortiz -- this despite Bautista's desire to reach an agreement to remain in the AL East. That information comes via a report from Peter Gammons: Jose Bautista wanted to..." December 12

  • Duquette on Bautista: ‘It’s true. The guy’s a villain in Baltimore’

    Baltimore Baseball "Jose Bautista probably has been Enemy No. 1 at Camden Yards for the past few years, but now that David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are retired, there’s no question that the former Toronto Blue Jays superstar right fielder is in a class by himself when it comes to vitriol from Orioles..." December 08

  • Cleveland Indians continue search for offense, touch base with Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Indians cast a wide net, they don't kid around. Besides free agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Napoli, the Indians have checked in on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Trumbo led the big leagues with 47 homers last season for Baltimore...." December 07

  • Report: Orioles not in on Bautista because their fans 'don't like him'

    Larry Brown Sports "The Orioles are in the market for outfield help, but it doesn’t appear Jose Bautista will be among the reinforcements. Major League Baseball’s winter meetings are taking place this week and with that comes a plethora of rumors about players changing teams. Representatives from each club are in..." December 07

  • Blue Jays met with Bautista, reunion not ruled out

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have two big bats on the free agent market in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and heading into the offseason the general consensus was that if the team was going to bring one back, it would be Encarnacion. While his future remains cloudy, the Jays have checked back in..." December 07

  • Red Sox out of the running on Jose Bautista

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox have told Jose Bautista’s representatives that they are out on signing him. Bautista, who is seeking a two-year deal, had seen Boston as his No. 1 preference. The Red Sox ruled out Edwin Encarnacion earlier in the week because the former Toronto slugger wanted at least four..." December 06

  • Jose Bautista draws interest from L.A. Dodgers

    Toronto Star "A source indicates that free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista and his camp have been contacted by the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding a potential contract, but that those talks are on hold until the major-league trade market further plays itself out. Bautista, 36, in the spring was reportedly..." December 06

  • Jose Bautista market picking up

    Sportsnet "Things you hear at the winter meetings roaming around the lobby at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center: • A couple of industry sources say the market for Jose Bautista is picking up. That doesn’t mean anything is imminent, but with short-term bats like Carlos Beltran and Matt..." December 06

  • Hanley won't recruit Encarnacion, Bautista while vacationing

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez's first choice seems to be no choice. Or he's just being shy. The Red Sox first baseman said here Friday afternoon that he didn't care whether he plays first base or is the designated hitter in 2017. "Why you got to come up with that? I don’t care," Ramirez said. "I just want..." December 03

  • Jays keep door open for Bautista, Encarnacion, Saunders

    Toronto Star "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 free-agents Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. The Morales signing — three years, $33 million — was officially announced on the day that all..." November 19

  • Can the Blue Jays replace Jose Bautista in a cost-efficient way?

    Fanrag Sports "The not-so-suspenseful wait ended earlier this week, as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion rejected their $17.2 million qualifying offers and are officially on the market. The team has already found at least a partial replacement for Encarnacion by signing Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33..." November 18

  • Bautista and Encarnacion reject qualifying offers from Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have rejected qualifying offers from the Toronto Blue Jays. They had one week to decide whether to accept or decline the one-year offer worth US$17.2 million. When a player declines a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere as a free agent, his former..." November 14

  • Hellickson, Walker on bubble; Bautista will reject qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and second baseman Neil Walker are viewed as the two free agents seen as real possibilities to accept the $17.2 million qualifying offer as the deadline looms late Monday afternoon. There is no certainty they will accept but it remains a possibility. Hellickson was..." November 14

  • Market for Bautista likely to be wide open "Jose Bautista has been one of the best power hitters in the American League for years, and one of the faces of the Blue Jays alongside Edwin Encarnacion. This offseason, other teams finally have a chance to make a run at him. The 36-year-old Bautista, even coming off a down year in 2016 in..." November 13

  • Blue Jays’ Kendrys Morales deal could have implications for Encarnacion, Bautista

    The Comeback "The Toronto Blue Jays dipped into the early free agent market, signing Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract. It’s not the most notable move on paper. The 33-year-old is a slow, DH-only slugger. Morales had back-to-back solid seasons with the Kansas City Royals, hitting 52 home..." November 12

  • Jose Bautista doesn’t plan to accept Blue Jays’ qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "Outfielder Jose Bautista does not plan to accept the Toronto Blue Jays’ $17.2 million qualifying offer, sources tell FanRag Sports. Although Bautista would love to remain north of the border, several teams at the general managers meetings have already reached out or met with Bautista, including..." November 10

  • Blue Jays seriously weighing options outside Encarnacion, Bautista

    Sportsnet "Over the course of three days in the desert what’s become apparent at the GM meetings is that after an initial push to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays are very much taking a long, hard look at their other options. General manager Ross Atkins spent a good chunk of his day..." November 10

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