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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.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 5:32 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

So far, the new(ish) Toronto front office have been more savvy than that.  Hence dumping the 2 biggest contracts on the books in just over a year.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:31 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

That makes a lot of sense, Keith. That's why the Blue Jays will give him a long-term deal anyway.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:54 pm

Bautista hasn't gotten multi-year offer

DO NOT GIVE THIS GUY A LONG TERM DEAL!! One year wonder if I ever saw one. He's never done anything like this, and all of a sudden at 30 years old he's an elite power hitter? I'm not buying it. If I were the Blue Jays GM, I'd hope for him to start off well and then trade him for some young talent. 

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