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Blue Jays and Bautista Agree On 1-Year Deal

Deal reported to be worth $18 million for 2017

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The wait is finally over as Jose Bautista will return to the Toronto Blue Jays for one year. The make up of the deal also calls for a mutual option for 2018 which if picked up can keep him in the jays uniform through 2019.

The Jays and their power hitting outfielder reached a deal on Tuesday afternoon that is reported to be worth $18 million. Bautista declined a $17.2 million qualifying offer and opted for free agency.

As the Jays explored several options to replace him, at the end of the day, he was the best hitter on the market, especially after missing out on bringing back Edwin Encarnacion to signed with the Cleveland Indians.

For the past nine years Bautista has enjoyed amazing offensive seasons in Canada, but he hit his lowest output in home runs (22) in 2016 since 2009.

Overall, he has 192 doubles, 265 home runs, 701 RBI’s, 50 stolen bases, 719 walks and a .261 bating average in his time in Toronto.

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David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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