The Blue Jays and Jose Bautista are on the verge of a new contract that will see the veteran slugger stay in Toronto.
According to TSN Baseball Insider Steve Phillips, sources confirm the report by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that the Jays and Bautista are close to finalizing a deal and that the discussions are centred around a two-year contract.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports adds that the contract would be worth $35-$40 million.
Phillips reported on TSN.ca last week that Bautista was back at the top of Toronto’s off-season list among corner outfield options, which included Brandon Moss, Michael Saunders, Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.
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Bautista, 36, rejected the Blue Jays’ $17.2 million qualifying offer in the middle of November. The Jays would have received a draft pick as compensation if he signed with another team.
The longtime Jays slugger hit .234 with 22 home runs and 69 runs batted in and an OBP of .366 in 116 games last season.