Despite losing Edwin Encarnacion and signing several first baseman and corner outfielders, the Toronto Blue Jays are not ruling out a reunion with Jose Bautista, as general manager Ross Atkins told MLB Network.
Bautista, 36, has struggled to generate much interest this offseason after rejecting a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from Toronto. With his market yet to develop, his former team is keeping its options open.
"He is a proven force in the lineup. He's obviously still an alternative for us and we're glad that he is," Atkins said. "We'll do everything we can to improve our team and that is one avenue."
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported last week that Bautista would entertain a one-year offer if it was worth more than the $17.2 million qualifying offer.
While injuries limited Bautista to just 116 games, he still managed a .234/.366/.452 slash line with 22 home runs, 69 runs batted in, 24 doubles, and 87 strikeouts. As recently as 2015, Bautista was an American League All-Star as he mashed 40 homers and drove in 114 runs.
Considering his age and defensive limitations, Bautista is unlikely to land a multi-year deal but the team he's been with since 2008 remains a possibility.News Now - Sport News