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Yahoo Sports offers this nugget that actually came from Hardball Talk:
"Two days ago, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the 36-year-old outfielder had engaged in contract discussions with the Blue Jays. It appeared to be a logical choice for both sides, as Bautista has a lengthy history in Toronto and the club wouldn’t have to forfeit a draft pick to re-sign their former slugger."
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OK, in all honesty, the Jays have no real reason to dismiss Bautista other than spending way too much money on him. The Star's Griffin continued it's reporting with this:
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1. He wants to be with a contender, and he has been a big factor in the Jays reaching the post-season for two straight years.
2. There are few power options expected to come out as free agents in 2017, and under the new collective agreement there would be no compensation required for a team that wants to sign him, because the Jays can’t make another qualifying offer...
...Bautista has not fallen off a cliff. His offensive numbers in 116 games in 2016 were better than people give him credit for. "
And so really the Gardner connection was more of just a mention, because as everyone knows in sports off seasons, all options are on the table until they're off.
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Then go back to Hardball Talk who kind of buttons this nugget up as a waste of your last 2 minutes. Read the part in red:
"Without Bautista, however, the Blue Jays have several options going forward, including veteran Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Gardner is slated to receive $25 million through 2018, with a $2 million buyout on his $12.5 option in 2019...Whether the Blue Jays have serious interest in Gardner remains to be seen, and Griffin points out that Toronto could be in danger of losing its status as an “elite offensive team” if they can’t snag a hitter of Bautista’s caliber."
And so... sorry to make you read that during your hangover! hey, I did... I decided to make you suffer too.
It is interesting how these things escalate though, huh?
Happy 2017... a whole lotta that I guess...