The Toronto Blue Jays have seemingly went back and forth in regards to potentially moving slugger Jose Bautista in recent years, but when push has come to shove, they’ve always decided to keep the 33-year-old.
Will that remain the case this go around though, as it’s being reported by Nick Cafardo that the Blue Jays are getting calls in regards to Bautista’s availability:
Not a shock: teams are inquiring about Toronto RF Jose Bautista
There’s no indication as to what offers the Blue Jays have received, if any, as teams could just be calling to inquire about his services – not actually be making any formal trade requests.
Joey Bats, as he’s commonly referred to, is owed $14 million in both 2014 and 2015, while the team holds a $14 million dollar option in 2016 so it’s not as if Bautista is grossly overpaid, especially in comparison to other contracts around the league. Still, for an aging star it’s possible the Blue Jays may want to see what type of offers are out there as they attempt to battle for supremacy in the American League East.
Bautista hit .259 with 28 home runs and 73 RBI in just 118 games last season for Toronto.