Jays, Bautista on verge of deal: Reports

Jose Bautista’s long search for a club may finally be over.

In a case of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” it appears the righ-handed slugger could once again be a Toronto Blue Jay.

On Sunday night, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported that both parties are close to a deal. 

Bautista initially turned down the Jays one-year qualifying offer of $ 17.2 US in November to explore free agency.

However, the market has not been kind to the 35-year old and a return to Toronto appears imminent.

No financial details are known at this time. But, should Bautista return, he could provide the Jays with a much needed offensive boost, especially after Edwin Encarnacion signed a three-year, $ 65-million US deal with the Cleveland Indians in December.

Last year, Bautista, who suffered various injuries, hit .234 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs while playing just 116 games. 

CBC | Sports News

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