The Toronto Blue Jays have two big bats on the free agent market in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and heading into the offseason the general consensus was that if the team was going to bring one back, it would be Encarnacion. While his future remains cloudy, the Jays have checked back in with Bautista and rekindled talks of a potential return.

The Jays met with Bautista Tuesday night, perhaps in response to the Cleveland Indians expressing interest in the 36-year-old outfielder.

Bautista has played nine seasons with Toronto after less successful stints with the Orioles, Rays, Royals, and Pirates. Since coming to Toronto before the 2008 season though, he’s cemented himself as one of baseball’s premier hitters. Since his first season in Toronto in 2008, he’s slashed .261/.382/.528 with 265 home runs and 701 runs batted in. He’s been named an All-Star six times (2010-15) while finishing in the top-10 in MVP voting four times, including a career-best third-place finish in 2011.

Bautista has also been largely responsible for the Blue Jays turning their fortunes around, earning postseason berths in 2015 and 2016 after not making the season from 1993-2014. Toronto has reached the ALCS two consecutive seasons, including a 2015 postseason run that included one of the more iconic home runs — and bat flips — in recent playoff memory.