It won’t come as a surprise to most Toronto Blue Jays fans, but the team formally declined Jose Bautista‘s $17-million mutual option for next season, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi confirmed Saturday. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said declining the option was a likely outcome when he spoke with reporters during his end-of-season review in early October. “I don’t believe in closing any doors and speaking in absolutes but based on the construction of our roster we feel it’s unlikely that he’s a part of the solution moving forward,” Atkins said at the time. “Having said that, Jose’s career is remarkable and the last game of the season speaks to what he’s meant to this city and organization.”