The Toronto Blue Jays may of let Edwin Encarnacion go to another team within the past year. They will not be making the same mistake twice with slugger Jose Bautista. He will be remaining with the Blue Jays for now.
Toronto made a questionable move by not putting up the money for their former long-time clutch hitter Edwin Encarnacion this off-season. They were not willing to pay the price but the Cleveland Indians were. The Blue Jays do not have plans on letting go of Jose Bautista.
The outfielder will be returning to Toronto on a one-year guaranteed contract, that will include two mutual options, according to USA Today. Although in December he did not accept the Jays’ qualifying offer it appears the two are going to reach terms. It might make sense, parting ways with one slugger would be something that the Toronto Blue Jays could recover from, but letting go of two might not be.
Their lineup does not lack power at all despite failing to resign Encarncacion. In addition to Bautista, Toronto’s lineup includes guys like Josh Donaldson, and Troy Tulowitski. Both have displayed their ability to send the ball flying into the stands of the Rogers Centre since joining the team.
Bautista’s new deal is reportedly pending a physical. He is a crucial player for Toronto, and is the fire of their offense. Since adding him to their club, he has been one of their most beneficial investments. Bautista has for-filled a special role for Toronto over the years.
Not only can he hit for power, but he can produce behind the plate for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are well aware of it, that is likely why they are resigning him. Despite being 36-years-old, Bautista has not slowed down. He is competing just as good. He may not of discovered his true power until a few years into his pro career, but once he
found it there was no turning back.
Last season he hit 22 home-runs and drove in 69 RBIs. His batting average may not soar past .300, but Bautista still has a lot to offer. As of now it looks like he will only be contributing for the Jays for one additional season.
There was only one thing in the way for Bautista in his 2016 campaign.
Through his career he has managed to maintain his health but last season was injury-riddled for Bautista. He has the full intention of having a healthy season with Toronto come next season though. Bautista has been working hard.
While sporting the Toronto Blue Jays uniform, Bautista has slugged 265 home-runs. That ranks him second on Toronto’s career home-run list, behind Carlos Delgado’s 336. If Toronto keeps him around a few more years he just might have a shot at passing Delgado.
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Commentary By Cody Macleod