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Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:16 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 12:23 am
 

Bautista

The Blue Jays have agreed to a long-term deal with Jose Bautista, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

And when we say long-term, we mean long-term. The terms of the deal guarantee Bautista $65 million over five years through his age-35 season, with a club option bringing the potential total value to six years and $78 million.

Throwing the option aside. Bautista will earn an annual value of $10.8 million, which is staggering given Bautista has never made more than $2.4 million in his career and was in his final year of arbitration.

Bautista's case was rather tricky as his 54 home runs represented a career high, far and away over his previous high of 16, set all the way back in 2006. However, the 30-year-old bashed 10 home runs in September of 2009 after only three up to that date in what looked like a new approach at the plate. Sure, that 54 home runs looks all but impossible to repeat, but even settling around 30 home runs would provide a return on the deal.

That approach carried over to 2010, when he finished fourth in MVP balloting with an insane .260/.378/.617 line in 683 plate appearances. This after 2,038 plate appearances from 2004-09, split between five teams and a line of .238/.329/.400.

The righty will likely open the year as the club's starting third baseman, although he will likely transition back to the outfield once an acceptable replacement at third emerges and the logjam of outfielders is cleared out. Bautista has extensive (357 games) experience at third and has proven to be a lousy defender, while his outfield numbers are far more promising.

Is the deal a risk for Toronto? Absolutely. It's a lot to bank on what is essentially a one-year wonder, but GM Alex Anthopoulous has proven deserving of some rope after the brilliant moves he's made so far as GM. Clearly, AA believes Bautista's transformation is for real. If it is, Anthopoulous did a brilliant job of locking up Bautista before his price went up further and hitting free agency, which would only complicate matters.

But it could just as easily become one of the worst contracts in the game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

hogan - First off, please understand that while I have a Steeler logo, I am a Phillies fan when it comes to baseball, so I have no ill will for Bautista leaving the Pirates...
With that said, I made my "small market" comment without any research.  Upon doing my research, I found that over the last two years, Toronto has the 22nd highest payroll average over the years 2009-2010 out of 30 MLB Teams.  See link below:

Doesn't that indicate a smaller market?
And if they were such a big market team, why not pay the $20 million per year to keep Roy Halladay instead of letting him go to the Phillies?  His track record is surely more consitant than Bautista's!  If he hits 35-40 home runs every year and drives in 120 runs, then this is a good deal.  I personally think that he had a breakout year because no one expected him do do that.  Now that people have seen more of him, I think they approach him differently, and he will be luck to produce 1/2 the home runs moving forward.  Plus, he only hit .260 in a "great year"...that will only go down as pitchers learn his weaknesses, IMO...



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

A - Bautista hit .260, .290 in the last 4 months of the season
B - He has a stronger arm then Werth
C - He hit twice as many HR and drove in 40 more runs then Werth
are u serious werth is a way better defender with a much stronger arm u can take ur 230 hitting bautista!





Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

There is no way there isn't going to be speculation when a guy "suddenly" plays about a mile over his head and shows power he never even had in college,high school,middle school,or little league. I remember when skinny little Barry Bonds grew to be the size of Hulk Hogan and have a cranuim the size of Saturn; it raised some red flags. Same with Arod. Bautista may not be juicing but I firmly believe he's on some kind of PED. They are trying stuff all the time and many of the players that got caught up with the steroid scandals were players just trying to stay in the majors. Brett Boone being a good example. I would not surprise me that Bautista, sensing that his career might be limited decided to try something new and undetectable. If not whats the alternative? A new approach at the plate? Can you name me just one other player that changed his approach seven years into his career and became one of the best power hitters in the majors in the span of one season? But for his sake I hope thats what he's done. I don't wanna be just some hater that wishes ill will on athletes but I'm also not blind.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

are u serious werth is a way better defender with a much stronger arm u can take ur 230 hitting bautista!



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

See Jayson Werth - Werth has set the market for RightHanded hitting outfielders.  He never came close to these numbers and he isn't as good a defender as Bautista.   What a bargain.

And to all the JUICE TALK IDIOTS - SHUT THE F(&% UP - HE GETS TESTED LIKE EVERYONE  - CLOWNS



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

I hope he is not a one season wonder.  This new manager needs to let Bautista take the Cito approach to the plate, its the only thing thats ever worked for him.



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:15 am
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

Another example where owners put a gun to their own head and force an unwarranted contract on themselves and ultimately on backs of the fans.  Not only could they possibly have won in arbitration they could have signed him for less years and money one would think.  Unbelieveable.



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:03 am
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

It's Brady Anderson all over again. 



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:57 am
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

atleast now he can afford much more HGH.



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:20 am
 

Blue Jays ink Jose Bautista for five years

The dude is juiced up. He goes from hitting a average of around 15 homers a year, and thats playing more games then he did this year and he cracks at least 35 homers more then anyother year. He is on steroids dont pay him crap.


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