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Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:03 pm
Jose Bautista
Now that the Blue Jays have shed Vernon Wells' contract, they theoretically could reallocate that money toward locking up American League home run champion Jose Bautista, who is set to become a free agent after this season. Bautista, however, said in a satelite radio interview Tuesday that he has not been approached about a multi-year deal.

The Jays and Bautista are currently headed toward an arbitration hearing for 2011 (Facts & Rumors has weighed in on the pros and cons -- go here to read and vote). He's asking for an arbitration-record $10.4 million after hitting 54 homers, while the Jays are countering at $7.6 million.

It's understandable that Toronto would want to hold off on committing big money to Bautista, who prior to 2010 had a .238 career batting average and never hit more than 16 homers in a season. If he is able to come out of the gate strong this spring, you'd think the Jays might then make a run at a long-term deal, but in that case the price would be rising and Bautista might decide he's better off waiting for a potential free-agent bonanza.

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Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:29 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

You cant call someone a one-year wonder unless you can look at their entire career after the fact, especially if you havent seen the year after that amazing season. Give him a year, if he absolutely flops, then yes, call him that...

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:12 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

Its too bad for Bautista last season wasnt his free agent season cuz the Yankees woulda gave him $100Million by now lollll.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:21 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

Seems to me a fellow named Bonds started getting more power at that age

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:08 am

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

Come on people, this is the typical wanting to cash in on a breakout year agent move.  In the previous four years he hits a total of 59, A TOTAL of 59 home runs, then all of a sudden he changes his batting stance and smacks out 53 last year and now he wants big bucks for it.  He is still only a .260 hitter.  Let him put together two or three years with those numbers, only the batting average gets up to about.280 minimum and then you get the big boy contract.  Hopefully the Jays won't get pressured into this.  If he's so sure about his newly found bonds power let him put in the contract if he doesn't hit at least 40 this year he gives half the money to charity, NEVER HAPPEN (that is the charity thing and him hitting 40HR this year)

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:24 am

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

I read somewhere that this guy lead the league last year not only in homeruns but in no-doubt homeruns as well. If a guy can clear the fence by fifty feet consistently time and time again you have to imagine that his power is not a fluke.

You can accuse me of wishful thinking, but people who point out that this guy is 30 and has never had a season like this before should be reminded that his playing time was limited until this season (this was his first real chance to get a good groove going and look what he did with it) and that he is still arbitration-elligible (meaning his age is misleading and does not betray the mileage on his body).

I'm not saying he'll put up 54 again, but expect him to place in the top 10 consistently in the AL for the next couple of years. Combine that with solid defense and a plus arm in right field, veteran Latin leadership in a Toronto organization keen to reestablish it's once-dominant presence in Dominican scouting and player development, and his contagious competitive nature (something we thought lost when Halladay left for Philly and Wells took over as our franchise player by default), and you've got a guy who deserves a multi-year contract.

Who wants to bet that Bautista is front and center in many of the Toronto promos this season?

Baseball is a fickle sport in which guys can suddenly "get it" after years of trying (and lose it after years of "having it").

Stop worrying about who he was or who he might turn into. Pay the guy for who he is now. Before he hits free agency and someone with a bigger check book does decide he's worth it.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:33 am

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

If you watched Bautista all year, you might think differently about him being a one year wonder. None of those home runs were cheap. He's always had the raw power but just hadn't put it together until late ' video of Bautista in 08' vs late 09' and you will easily see the adjustments he's made to his swing and his load. He's not lucking balls out of the park, he was pulling them very hard with a violent but repeatable swing.  He's a respectable defender with a plus plus arm. He WILL hit around .265, 35 HR, 95 RBI.

Jays need to sign him, 3 years, 38 mil. Rogers needs to stop being Scrooge and dish out the cash, it's not like you don't have it! Bautista is a fan favorite. Do it for your fans and the crappy attendance.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:32 am

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

Whats up with this article, the title sounds like Bautista came out saying the Jays arent going to make him a long term offer. There is no new information here, that is still a possibility. The article title makes it sound like the Jays arent interested in having him long term. Word came out today that Boston was trying hard to get Bautista from the Jays during the Winter meetings, but the Jays arent giving him up.

I think the Jays are committed to having Bautista with the team for the long term, the only question is, what is a fair price for both sides. The Jays just shipped Vernon Wells and his horrible contract, so they arent going to make the mistake and overpay someone based on only 1 season. I think Bautista knows this and I think he wants to be a part of this team, and since the whole VW trade is fresh in the news, im sure he understands why the Jays would be cautious. For this reason, I think he will play his ass off for the Jays this season and earn a multi-year contract for huge money.

His salary for next season is out of his and the teams hands now, but beyond that is anyones guess. Jose could play out of his mind, get 40+ homers, with similar run/rbi production and average, he could very well earn something like 4 years, $60 mil, maybe 6-year $80 mil.

He could also just have a horrible season to the point the Jays dont even renew his contract. I hope he earns the big money..

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:28 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

I can`t blame the Jays for being cautious ,but if lights it up again this year.There is going to be a long line of suitors.

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:51 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

This actually began in August of '09 when he started recieving full playing time. He is also quoted saying that was the time he adjusted his swing to give him more torque on the ball. I don't envision him hiting 50 homers again, but if he hit 25% less than that he would still be a 38 homer, 100 RBI player. If he is awarded his ten million, it's a steal compared to the FA contracts that have been thrown around this summer (and in years past). Bautista also has an excellent arm and can play third base (a position that isn't very deep around the league). He is 30 years old, but the Jays only want 2 or 3 year deal so it's unlikely that this will hurt the Jays in the long run. Even if it did, I have full confidence in Anthopoulos' ability to deal him for a cheaper commodity. (see: Wells, Vernon)

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:30 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

hahaha......I like Jose, but it looks like somebody took a page out of the Beltre book.  Remember that blow up year prior to going to Seattle quietly?

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