According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, teams around the MLB have been in contact with the Toronto Blue Jays in regards to their interests in left fielder Jose Bautista. Although it seems unlikely that the Blue Jays would part ways with their once premier slugger, they should still keep their eyes and ears open for anything that sounds enticing around the trading block.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is always active during this time of the year. The young and crafty GM doesn’t seem to want to sleep between the months of November and late February, always trying to find a way to improve his team. He very well could come up with a good plan involving Bautista, who is currently owed $28 million over the next two seasons with a $14 million club option in 2016.
Thanks to Anthopoulos not wanting to sign anyone to contracts over five years long, that’s not a bad price for another team to take on if their interest in Bautista was legitimate. It would also free up money that would allow them to explore ways to improve their rotation or perhaps finally land a big-time free agent. Robinson Cano, anyone?
Due to his season-ending injuries over the past two seasons, Bautista’s trade value may not get any higher than it is right now. However, the Blue Jays should only shop him around if they are confident that they will spend the money saved on someone else that is going to make a difference right away. Bautista is an impact player, and he should be treated as such in regards to what they ask for in return, or who they go after on the free-agent market.