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Jose Bautista Returning To Blue Jays On One-Year, $18M Deal

Jan 17, 2017 5:12 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with Jose Bautista, according to sources.

The contract also includes mutual option for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

If both options are exercised, the deal would max out at $60 million for the three years.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Blue Jays, Jose Bautista Likely To Settle On Short-Term Deal

Jan 16, 2017 5:21 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a contract agreement with Jose Bautista, but the length of the deal hasn't yet been determined.

The most recent reports have Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hearing that a two-year deal is being discussing.

Meanwhile, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has reported that a two-year, $40 million deal is likely.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweeted that a one-year deal is possible, while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that any two-year deal would likely come with an option for the second season.

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Phillies, Michael Saunders Agree Upon $9M Deal

Jan 16, 2017 5:11 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with Michael Saunders, according to a report.

The contract also reportedly features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million.

Saunders, 30, hit a career-high 24 home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and was named to the American League All-Star team.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Jose Bautista, Blue Jays Nearing Deal

Jan 16, 2017 7:23 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner to sign Jose Bautista and he's believed to be nearing a deal with the club, according to sources.

There are still several details to be worked out and Bautista must pass a physical before any agreement becomes official.

After missing out on Edwin Encarnacion and Dexter Fowler, the Blue Jays circled back to Bautista.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Speculation Building Jose Bautista Will Accept One-Year Deal

Jan 10, 2017 7:56 AM

The longer Jose Bautista remains on the market, the more speculation builds that he might be willing to accept a one-year offer.

Accepting a one-year offer would allow Bautista to rebuild his value in 2017 and then hit the free agent market knowing that teams can't link him to draft pick compensation with a qualifying offer.

One person with another team agreed that Bautista may become a low-risk, high-impact signing for someone. A second said he's "absolutely" the kind of player who could end up being a bargain on a one-year deal.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays, Jose Bautista Reopen Talks On Short-Term Deal

Dec 30, 2016 8:38 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays could re-sign Jose Bautista after all if a short-term deal can be agreed upon.

It was reported on Thursday that the Blue Jays are "engaged in active contract discussions" with Bautista, but nothing is imminent.

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Edwin Encarnacion Received Two Offers From Athletics

Dec 29, 2016 7:13 AM

Before signing with the Cleveland Indians, Edwin Encarnacion received a pair of contract offers from the Oakland Athletics.

One offer was a two-year, $50 million contract, while the second would have included a third-year option in exchange for an opt-out clause.

Oakland's offers are believed to have pushed the Indians to increase their own offer.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jays May Have Trade Interest For McCutchen

Dec 25, 2016 3:33 PM

The Blue Jays have “kicked around” Andrew McCutchen’s name as they attempt to address their outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (all Twitter links). Pirates GM Neal Huntington recently said the team was likely to keep McCutchen after trade negotiations with the Nationals fell through. But, Crasnick writes, the Jays are one of several teams who are still interested in the Pirates’ star.

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Report: Jose Bautista Could Take One-Year Deal From Jays

Dec 24, 2016 6:48 PM

Veteran free agent Jose Bautista could be willing to take a one-year deal to return to the Blue Jays if the value exceeds that of the $17.2 million qualifying offer, according to a report from Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on Friday night.

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Edwin Encarnacion Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Indians

Dec 22, 2016 8:54 PM

Edwin Encarnacion has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Indians on a three-year deal worth approximately $20 million per season. The deal will also contain an option for a fourth season.

Encarnacion, who turns 34 in January, had an .886 OPS in 702 plate appearances last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Encarnacion had previously posted an OPS of .900 or better in every season since 2012. 

Toronto previously signed Kendrys Morales in the offseason and had reportedly offered a four-year, $80 million deal.

The Oakland A's were also involved in pursuing Encarnacion in the final stretch of talks.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Agent: Door Closed On Blue Jays Re-Signing Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion won't be re-signing with the Blue Jays, his agent says.

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Blue Jays Haven't Offered Jose Bautista More Than Qualifying Offer
The Blue Jays have not made a formal offer to Jose Bautista that exceeds the value of the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Edwin Encarnacion Discussing Deal With Several Teams
Edwin Encarnacion is focused on a long-term deal and is discussing options with several teams.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Red Sox Won't Add Payroll To Sign Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista and his agent approached the Red Sox, but the two sides won't be working out a contract agreement.

Peter Gammons

Blue Jays Still Talking Deal With Jose Bautista
The two sides met last week, but it doesn't appear as though they came much closer to a new deal.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Blue Jays Resume Contract Talks With Jose Bautista
The Blue Jays have resumed talks with Jose Bautista on a potential contract, according to numerous reports.

Hazel Mae/SportsNet

Edwin Encarnacion Currently Prefers Signing With Blue Jays, Red Sox
Edwin Encarnacion is currently focused on three teams in free agency -- the Red Sox, Blue Jays and a third team, according to a source.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Blue Jays Sign Steve Pearce To Two-Year, $12.5M Deal
Steve Pearce, who had forearm surgery in September, hit 13 home runs in 302 plate appearances this past season.

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Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility
Dexter Fowler is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler
The Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Blue Jays Showing 'Strong Interest' In Dexter Fowler
If the Blue Jays land Dexter Fowler, they'll likely slide him into one of their corner outfielder spots.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Edwin Encarnacion Expected To Agree To Deal Soon
Edwin Encarnacion will likely agree to a contract later this week or early next week, according to agent Rick Westhead.

Rick Westhead/TSN

Blue Jays Offered Edwin Encarnacion Four-Year, $80M Deal
The Blue Jays offered Edwin Encarnacion a four-year, $80 million contract before agreeing to a three-year, $33 million deal with Kendrys Morales.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Cardinals, Brett Cecil Agree To Four-Year, $30.5M Deal
Brett Cecil, 30, went 1-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 54 games with the Blue Jays last season

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Carlos Beltrain Drawing Interest From Astros, Jays, Red Sox, Yankees
The Rangers were believed to be in the mix as well, but aren't currently.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Blue Jays Looking For Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder
Josh Reddick and Dexter Fowler are possible options, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Make Three-Year Offer To Brett Cecil
Brett Cecil had a 3.93 ERA this past season, but averaged 11 strikeouts and just two walks per nine innings.

Jamie Campbell/Sportsnet

Red Sox Haven't Had Serious Discussions With Edwin Encarnacion
The Red Sox hadn't had serious discussions with Edwin Encarnacion's camp as of Sunday, according to Major League sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Lourdes Gurriel Agrees To Seven-Year Deal With Toronto
The Blue Jays have agreed to a seven-year, $22 million deal with Cuban defector Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., according to reports.

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Blue Jays, Kendrys Morales Agree To Three-Year, $33M Deal
The Blue Jays have agreed to sign Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract, according to multiple reports.

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