Jose Bautista, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger, revealed Monday that he has given the team “a number” needed to sign him to a contract extension, before making it clear that he is done negotiating with the team.
Bautista’s recent form, especially the previous playoffs, has made it imperative for Toronto to sign him. In Game 3 of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, Bautista had one hit and two walks, before hitting two home runs in Game 6, including a two-run game-tying homer. Despite Bautista’s magnificence, Kansas City would win 4–3 to take the pennant before winning the World Series.
No more time wasting…
“I did not go to them (Toronto). They asked me a question, ‘What would it take to get it done?’ and I gave them an answer. It’s not an adamant, drawn lines in the sand or anything. Simply questions were asked, I felt like for this process to go down smoothly there didn’t need to be any time wasted and efforts wasted for either party. If this is going to happen, they should know what it takes, and I told them the number because they asked me,” Bautista told ESPN on Monday.
Last week, stories started circulating regarding Toronto’s unwillingness to give Bautista the desired contract. After all, Bautista turns 36 in October and doesn’t have too many hits left. “I’m not going to sit here and bargain for a couple of dollars. They either meet it or it is what it is.”
What hometown discount?
When asked if Bautista would consider giving a “hometown discount”, the former six-time all-star was blunt: “In my world, that doesn’t exist. … In my eyes, I’ve given this organization a five-year hometown discount already.” Bautista signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the team in 2011.
Ove the last six MLB seasons, Bautista leads the league with 227 home runs and ranks second only to Miguel Cabrera in slugging (.555) and OPS (.945). When asked if he would agree to an extension if the Blue Jays waited until Oct. 1 to meet his demands, he said “I don’t know.”
Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays could be headed for an ugly break-up.