Report: Jose Bautista Agrees To One-Year Deal, $18 M Deal With Jays

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

In the end, the news out of Toronto isn’t all that shocking.

After days of apparently tense negotations between the Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Bautista and Bautista’s agent, the slugger agreed to a structured one-year deal, reportedly worth $18 million, according to information given to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Pending a physical, the pact also contains mutual options to balloon the contract to three years and $60 million.

The enigmatic slugger’s reported 2017 salary figure appears to fall in line with earlier reports. They suggested the outfielder would agree to signing a one-year deal only if it exceeded the $17.2-million qualifying offer he rejected from the Blue Jays in November.

It seems to be a win-win for the Jays and Bautista, given that Edwin Encarnacion left for Cleveland and the Jays needed a corner outfielder and his big bat in the line-up.

The 36-year-old Dominican, who had a rough go of it last year with injuries and sub-par (by his standards) performance, has spent the last eight seasons in Toronto after an August 2008 trade with Pittsburgh. During that time, Bautista started on the path to superstardom after a 54-homer season in 2010.

He also became the face of the franchise as the Blue Jays broke a 22-year playoff drought in 2015, which included his big homer against Texas and subsequent viral bat flip. He sits at or near the top of virtually every offensive category in Blue Jays history, and needs to hit just 71 home runs to pass Carlos Delgado for the franchise’s all-time lead.

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