Jose Bautista RUMORS & NEWS

  • Hanley won't recruit Encarnacion, Bautista while vacationing

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez's first choice seems to be no choice. Or he's just being shy. The Red Sox first baseman said here Friday afternoon that he didn't care whether he plays first base or is the designated hitter in 2017. "Why you got to come up with that? I don’t care," Ramirez said. "I just want..." December 03

  • Jays keep door open for Bautista, Encarnacion, Saunders

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins denied on Friday that the signing of designated hitter Kendrys Morales spells the end of the club’s interest in free-agents Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista. The Morales signing — three years, $33 million — was officially announced on the day that all..." November 19

  • Can the Blue Jays replace Jose Bautista in a cost-efficient way?

    Fanrag Sports "The not-so-suspenseful wait ended earlier this week, as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion rejected their $17.2 million qualifying offers and are officially on the market. The team has already found at least a partial replacement for Encarnacion by signing Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33..." November 18

  • Bautista and Encarnacion reject qualifying offers from Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have rejected qualifying offers from the Toronto Blue Jays. They had one week to decide whether to accept or decline the one-year offer worth US$17.2 million. When a player declines a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere as a free agent, his former..." November 14

  • Hellickson, Walker on bubble; Bautista will reject qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and second baseman Neil Walker are viewed as the two free agents seen as real possibilities to accept the $17.2 million qualifying offer as the deadline looms late Monday afternoon. There is no certainty they will accept but it remains a possibility. Hellickson was..." November 14

  • Market for Bautista likely to be wide open "Jose Bautista has been one of the best power hitters in the American League for years, and one of the faces of the Blue Jays alongside Edwin Encarnacion. This offseason, other teams finally have a chance to make a run at him. The 36-year-old Bautista, even coming off a down year in 2016 in..." November 13

  • Blue Jays’ Kendrys Morales deal could have implications for Encarnacion, Bautista

    The Comeback "The Toronto Blue Jays dipped into the early free agent market, signing Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract. It’s not the most notable move on paper. The 33-year-old is a slow, DH-only slugger. Morales had back-to-back solid seasons with the Kansas City Royals, hitting 52 home..." November 12

  • Jose Bautista doesn’t plan to accept Blue Jays’ qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "Outfielder Jose Bautista does not plan to accept the Toronto Blue Jays’ $17.2 million qualifying offer, sources tell FanRag Sports. Although Bautista would love to remain north of the border, several teams at the general managers meetings have already reached out or met with Bautista, including..." November 10

  • Blue Jays seriously weighing options outside Encarnacion, Bautista

    Sportsnet "Over the course of three days in the desert what’s become apparent at the GM meetings is that after an initial push to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays are very much taking a long, hard look at their other options. General manager Ross Atkins spent a good chunk of his day..." November 10

  • Jose Bautista met with the Red Sox on Tuesday

    Sportsnaut "It’s not yet known whether free agent outfielder Jose Bautista will leave the Toronto Blue Jays for greener pastures. We’re not far enough along in the process to draw a sound conclusion here. What we do know is that the six-time All-Star has already met with the division-rival Boston Red..." November 09

  • Nothing is completely off the table for Jose Bautista

    Fanrag Sports "Toronto Blue Jays star free agent outfielder Jose Bautista is receiving interest from outside teams, but coming off his injury-plagued, down year, nothing is completely off the table, including perhaps even accepting the $17.2 million qualifying offer. Bautista’s people met for a long time in..." November 09

  • Mets reach out to Jose Bautista as Cespedes replacement

    New York Post "Jose Bautista is among the players the Mets may consider if they can’t reach a contract agreement with Yoenis Cespedes. An industry source confirmed Monday that Mets brass reached out to Bautista’s representatives at the GM meetings. The 36-year-old Bautista batted .234 with 22 homers and 69..." November 08

  • Blue Jays extend qualifying offers to Encarnacion, Bautista

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have extended $17.2 million qualifying offers to free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista but not to Michael Saunders, who is free to sign with other clubs without the penalty of a compensatory draft pick. The offers, made ahead of Monday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, will..." November 07

  • Blue Jays To Qualify Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista; Not Michael Saunders

    MLB Trade Rumors "As expected, the Blue Jays will issue $17.2MM qualifying offers to their top two impending free agents, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, by Monday’s deadline, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Conversely, Toronto will not submit a QO to Michael Saunders, meaning he’ll hit free agency without..." November 06

  • Jose Bautista expected to reject Blue Jays' qualifying offer

    Boston Globe "Even after an injury-filled season, don’t expect Bautista to accept a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Jays, according to a major league source. The feeling is Bautista, 36, will get multiyear offers in free agency. Boston could be a preferred destination, with Bautista having played..." October 29

  • Atkins says Blue Jays will qualify both Bautista, Encarnacion

    Sportsnet "It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Toronto Blue Jays will qualify both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion barring any unforeseen circumstances, the team’s general manager Ross Atkins told reporters Monday. Time will tell whether or not they accept or reject the offers. Bautista is the..." October 24

  • Morosi: Don’t think Blue Jays want Bautista back

    Sportsnet "If the Toronto Blue Jays make a qualifying offer to pending free agent Jose Bautista, they’ll probably be hoping he rejects it. This according to Jon Morosi, MLB insider at FOX Sports and contributor. Morosi joined Blundell and Co. this morning to talk about what the Blue Jays need to..." October 23

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • MLB host: Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista is not a winning baseball player

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is not a winning baseball player, says Casey Stern, MLB post-season host for TBS. Bautista is forever looking to be the hero, looking to hit a home run on every single swing, rather than try to put his team ahead by getting on base or tapping in a run, Stern told Dean Blundell &..." October 19

  • Jose Bautista has great quote about facing Indians’ Ryan Merritt

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays may be down 3-1 in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, but don’t tell that to Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays outfielder remains as confident as ever heading into Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. In fact, he thinks Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt, who is scheduled to start..." October 19

  • Jose Bautista says there are 'circumstances' working against Blue Jays in ALCS

    CBS Sports "Monday night in Toronto, the Blue Jays will look to avoid falling into a dreaded 3-0 hole in the ALCS. The Indians won the first two games of the series in Cleveland. Games 3 and 4 will be played at Rogers Centre. Game 5 too, if necessary. The Blue Jays have been held to one run in two ALCS..." October 17

  • Bautista: Tulo brought Blue Jays poise, calmness "It seems like only yesterday that Troy Tulowitzki was baseball's new superstar shortstop. He'd grown up watching Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra and Alex Rodriguez set the standard for greatness at the position. Tulowitzki took bits and pieces from all of them and blended them into his game,..." October 14

  • Why is Jose Bautista so loathed?

    ESPN "There was a time when Jose Bautista could be quite pleasing. While in Kansas City many summers ago, he was young and polite and used to wave in acknowledgement of the Right Field Rowdies, a group of diehards who came to every game despite the fact that the Royals were not very good. A member of..." October 04

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista headed to 15-day DL; Junior Lake recalled

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-fielder Jose Bautista is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee sustained in Tuesday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The club has called up outfielder Junior Lake from triple-A Buffalo. Bautista injured the knee in the third inning when he..." August 10

  • Jose Bautista, Nationals rumour ‘makes zero sense

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista‘s future with the Toronto Blue Jays remains up in the air, but it remains extremely unlikely the club moves the pending free agent before the Aug 1. non-waiver trade deadline. A report surfaced Wednesday night from Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post that the Washington Nationals..." July 28

  • Report: Nationals have inquired about Bautista

    The Score "The Washington Nationals' primary focus is on the bullpen heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, though general manager Mike Rizzo appears to be eyeing some outfield offense as well. Rizzo has reportedly inquired about Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, sources told Barry Svrluga..." July 27

  • Bautista insists no extra precautions necessary as he rejoins Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista insists no extra precautions will be necessary as he rejoins the Toronto Blue Jays after a five-week layoff with turf toe. "I’m going to go out there and play baseball," the right-fielder said before Monday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres. "That’s about as honest as..." July 26

  • Jose Bautista: I’m ready to return to the Blue Jays

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is starting to feel like his old self. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, who has been out since mid-June with turf toe, acknowledged his toe isn’t yet 100 per cent but he feels he’s healthy enough to come up to the big-leagues once he completes his rehab assignment this weekend..." July 23

  • Bautista set to rehab with Bisons

    TSN "Jose Bautista will suit up for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Friday as part of his rehab assignment. The Blue Jays outfielder will also play for Single-A Dunedin on Wednesday to test his turf toe injury. The injury has forced the 35-year-old slugger to miss the last 26 games. Toronto has..." July 20

  • Bautista could return from toe injury Monday

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays could welcome Jose Bautista back into their lineup as early as Monday, as the six-time All-Star continues to make progress from a toe injury and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. Bautista's been sidelined since June 16 after jamming his big..." July 19

  • Blue Jays interested in ‘Cespedes-type deal’ for Bautista

    Today's Knuckleball "Two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ big sluggers are due to be free agents at the end of the year. Edwin Encarnacion has made it clear that he won’t negotiate in season, but what does the future hold for Jose Bautista? Bautista is known to want $150 million for five years, as first reported by Rick..." July 14

  • Rapper uses Odor's punch as cover photo in Drake diss track

    The Score "Baseball rivalries are apparently the hottest way to hype up a rap feud. Early Wednesday morning, Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden released a diss track aimed at Toronto artist Drake titled "Wake," but Budden took it a step further by using Rougned Odor's infamous punch to the face of Jose..." July 06

  • Blue Jays aren't expecting Jose Bautista to return before the break

    Toronto Star "Jose Bautista’s injury layoff could run a lot longer than his disabled-list due date suggests. Bautista has been on the DL since June 16 with a toe injury, and a good indicator for how much longer he will be sidelined will surface this weekend. He was scheduled to be in a walking boot for two..." July 01

  • Bautista out at least 2 more weeks with turf toe

    The Score "Jose Bautista will remain in a walking boot for at least two more weeks after a specialist diagnosed the Toronto Blue Jays slugger with turf toe in his ailing left foot. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that Bautista will be re-assessed in a couple weeks, according to Sportsnet's Shi..." June 21

  • Bautista to see specialist for more tests on injured toe "Jose Bautista will travel to Charlotte, N.C., on Monday to undergo further tests on his injured left big toe. After that, the Blue Jays should be able to provide a timetable for his return. Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday afternoon with a hyperextended toe. The Blue Jays..." June 19

  • The Blue Jays will be just fine without Jose Bautista

    SB Nation "The news came down yesterday that José Bautista would be headed to the disabled list after he and the outfield wall at Citizens Bank Park had a sudden and unpleasant meeting. His sprained left big toe is the culprit, and it’ll keep him out of action for two weeks. Normally this would inspire..." June 18

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista leaves game after crashing into outfield fence

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-fielder Jose Bautista left Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning after crashing into the right field fence while chasing a fly ball. He was diagnosed with “left big toe soreness” and sent for precautionary X-rays. After the game,..." June 17

  • Blue Jays place Jose Bautista on disabled list

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-fielder Jose Bautista on the disabled list Friday. Bautista was diagnosed with left big toe soreness after crashing into the right-field fence while chasing a fly ball in Philadelphia Thursday." June 17

  • Odor: 'Perhaps he was wrong, and perhaps I was also wrong'

    ESPN "Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been a regular starter in the Texas infield for three seasons, but he didn't become a household name until last month, when he threw the punch heard 'round the world. Odor was suspended for eight games for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista after the Blue Jays..." June 16

  • Jose Bautista expected to return to Blue Jays’ lineup Monday

    Toronto Star "Jose Bautista sat out his third straight game due to tightness in his hip flexor on Sunday, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says he expects his right fielder to return to the lineup for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. It is likely, however that Bautista, who suffered the..." June 13

  • Bautista exits early with thigh tightness

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was removed early from Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles due to tightness in his right thigh, and is considered day to day. With two outs in the sixth inning, Bautista drew a six-pitch walk from Orioles reliever Dylan Bundy but could be..." June 10

  • Cubs to trade for Jose Bautista if Blue Jays make him available

    Sportsrageous "The Chicago Cubs are still the best team in baseball after the first two months of the 2016 season with a 39-16 record. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs still want to improve their roster as they are reportedly interested in Jose Bautista if ever the Toronto Blue Jays make him..." June 09

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