The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed OF JOSE BAUTISTA to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed base salary of US $18 million, a US $17 million mutual option for 2018 and a US $20 million vesting option for 2019. Should either party decline the option for 2018 a US $500,000 buyout will be issued.
Bautista, 36, posted a .817 OPS, including a .366 OBP in 116 games last season, his 9th in a Blue Jays uniform. The Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic native is a six-time All-Star and two-time Hank Aaron Award winner who has posted 249 home runs since 2010, the most in the Majors. His 265 home runs as a Blue Jay are 2nd to only Carlos Delgado (336) on the all-time club list.