Blue Jays make it official, re-sign Bautista

Jan 18 2017, 10:20 pm

The Toronto Blue Jays have made it official, re-signing Jose Bautista to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed base salary of $18 million on Wednesday.

The contract also contains a mutual option worth $17 million for 2018, and a $20 million vesting option for 2019.

Should either the team or Bautista decline the option for 2018, a $500,000 buyout will be issued.

Keeping Bautista is a positive PR move for the Jays in an offseason where they looked destined to lose two of their most popular players. Joey Bats has played nine seasons in a Jays uniform and ranks second all-time on the franchise home run list.

But of course, if the 36-year-old slugger can be productive next season, this move will pay dividends on the field as well.

Last year was seen as a down year for the Dominican Republic native, although he still managed to post a .817 OPS and .366 OBP in 116 games.

Bautista is also just one year removed from a monster season, where he hit 40 home runs.

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