The Jays do not seem at all interested in (Jose) Bautista beyond the draft pick they’ll be getting if/when he signs elsewhere.
Toronto’s free agent signing of designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million deal became official on Thursday, and Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that the signing of Morales didn’t impact Bautista’s fate whatsoever. It apparently has.
The now 36-year-old Bautista is reportedly seeking a big contract, which can scare teams like the Blue Jays off due to other players needing to receive good chunks of money. Toronto is still in the mix to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion.
Bautista appeared in 116 games for the Blue Jays in 2016, and batted .234/.366/.452 with 22 homers and 69 RBIs. The New York Mets are among the teams interested in the three-time Sliver Slugger Award winner.
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