Jose Bautista wants to play his entire career for the Blue Jays, and the team intends to explore an extension that could make that happen, sources told ESPN on Friday.
Bautista, 35, told the Canadian Press on Thursday that he would consider it "an honor" to finish his career with the Blue Jays.
"Fans-wise, city-wise, having the country behind us and every other aspect of being a Toronto Blue Jay player is something that I love," Bautista said. "Now, hopefully, that matches up with the new front office desire to win now, kind of like myself."
Sources told ESPN that the Blue Jays and Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, plan to begin negotiations about a potential extension during spring training. The sources also said the team expects to hold similar talks with the representatives for Edwin Encarnacion.