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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.
Source: #BlueJays have emerged as the front-runner for Jose Bautista. He’s nearing a deal with the club. #Toronto @mlb
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.