Jose Bautista RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Pete Rose criticizes Blue Jays players for not playing through playoff injuries

    Yahoo! Sports "Pete Rose earned the nickname 'Charlie Hustle' during his remarkable baseball career because of how hard he played the game and the toughness he showed on numerous occasions. Running over Ray Fosse at home plate to win the 1970 All-Star game is probably the most famous example of the grit and..." October 09

  • Donaldson, Bautista expected to play in Game 2

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays lost both Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson to injuries in their series opener with the Texas Rangers on Thursday, but both superstars are expected to play in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday afternoon, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Donaldson, who took a knee to the..." October 09

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista ends Sportsnet boycott

    Toronto Star "The same day his months-long standoff with Sportsnet was made public, Jose Bautista said he will no longer boycott the Blue Jays’ official broadcaster. “The issue’s resolved and we’re moving on,” Bautista told The Star’s Richard Griffin before Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The..." August 27

  • Jose Bautista is boycotting SportsNet because they won’t pay for Devon Travis’ suit

    Toronto Star "While Sportsnet has enjoyed record-breaking ratings this month as the Blue Jays ramp up their first pennant race in more than 20 years, the team’s official broadcaster is also stuck in a protracted conflict with its highest-profile player. Jose Bautista has refused to do one-on-one interviews..." August 26

  • Cooler heads prevail: Yordano Ventura apologizes to Jose Bautista

    CBS Sports "Good news: The Yordano Ventura vs. Jose Bautista feud (background info here) appears to be over. After the Royals traveled from Toronto to Detroit, Ventura offered up his apology to the Blue Jays' slugger on Twitter. Rough translation (via Crewsett on Twitter): "At this moment I am..." August 04

  • Volquez calls Donaldson 'a little baby,' Ventura takes shot at Bautista

    The Score "A pair of AL heavyweights wasted no time exchanging verbal blows on the heels of a heated four-game series. The Toronto Blue Jays took three from the Kansas City Royals after Sunday's 5-2 win, one in which Royals starter Edinson Volquez kick-started the fireworks by plunking Blue Jays third..." August 03

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    Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

    Bautista has left the game. #Bluejays

  • Blue Jays’ Bautista: ‘I feel great right now’

    Sportsnet "Four days of rest, therapy and rehab have eased the tightness in Jose Bautista’s troubled right shoulder, and the Toronto Blue Jays slugger is optimistic the injury can be managed enough to keep him playing through the second half. While he wouldn’t disclose precisely what the “little more..." July 19

  • Bautista: Shoulder treatment ‘smart thing to do’

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista experienced a flare-up of soreness in his right shoulder after making throws in the outfield during the Blue Jays series in Chicago last week, which is now holding him out of next week’s all-star game. “Listening to doctor’s recommendations, there’s some therapy and some rehab..." July 13

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    Mike Wilner @Wilnerness590

    Jose Bautista has just been ejected from the game for arguing the second strike call. Just routine for this day. #Horrifying #Bluejays #Jays

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    Scott MacArthur @TSNScottyMac

    Would Bautista be in RF on Monday? "As of this moment, yes," said Gibbons. Could be elsewhere. LF? Gibbons won't look ahead. #BlueJays #MLB

  • Blue Jays' Bautista 'encouraged'

    Toronto Sun "Jose Bautista was back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing the previous two games due to taking a cortisone shot to his right shoulder, but more important was the fact he was throwing before the game. Not only was Bautista the DH against the White Sox but before taking his cuts during BP he..." May 27

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    Barry Davis @SNBarryDavis

    Bautista'a goal is to be ready to play in RF a week from tonight, when they play in NL park with no DH

  • Toronto Blue Jays to Trade Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion?

    HNGN "The Toronto Blue Jays (18-23) lead the MLB in runs scored (212), but they rank 29th in ERA (4.76) and last in starter's ERA (5.24), which can explain why they're the last place team in the American League East. Should the club consider trading one of their two top hitters for pitching help? It..." May 21

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Jose Bautista told me this morning he expects to return to #BlueJays lineup "sometime in the next few days." Taking BP today.

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    #BlueJays don't expect to DL Jose Bautista. "He feels much better today" per Gibbons.