Two weeks ago, Jose Bautista told the Toronto Blue Jays what he wanted his next contract to be and he hasn’t heard from them since, which makes it appear that his demands were pretty high.
We now know that is correct.
According to Rick Westhead of TSN.ca, Bautista asked the Blue Jays for a five-year deal worth “more than” $150 million, which would be over $30 million per season.
Bautista turns 36 in October and is scheduled to hit the free agent market at the end of the season.
Paying a player over $30 million per season over five-years when he will be anywhere from 36 to 40-years-old would clearly unwise of the Blue Jays and it’s something they very likely will not do.
If Bautista’s demands remain as they currently stand, he very well could be playing his last season in Toronto.
If he does in fact test the free agent waters, it is highly unlikely he comes anywhere close to the numbers he seeks, but it only takes one team to go that far.
There is no doubting that Bautista has made a big impact in Toronto with his towering home runs (he’s hit at least 27 home runs in every season since 2010), but there is no way that a soon-to-be 36-year-old should land a five-year deal worth more than $30 million per season.
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