The Toronto Blue Jays are already mapping out a negotiation strategy for one of their sluggers poised for a big-money free agency. While one of their pending free-agents, Edwin Encarnacion, has made it quite clear that he won’t negotiate during the season, Toronto is turning their attention to Jose Bautista.
As first reported by Rick Westhead of TSN.ca, Bautista is seeking a hefty $150 million, 5 year deal. Apparently the Jays aren’t interested in paying Bautista that type of money and according to Jon Heyman they are more interested in a “Cespedes type deal,” which would likely mean a deal for three years for around $25 million a year on average.
It’s half of what Bautista is looking for in a new deal and it is unclear how interested he would be in the rumored Toronto offer but my money is on that he would be much more interested in testing the market for a better contract. Bautista will be selling his services by pointing to his production throughout his career, where no drop off has been cited even though he is 35.
Whether or not any team is willing to lock up Bautista in a big money deal that takes him to age 41 remains to be seen, but Toronto is making it clear what they are willing to do.
Bautista is hitting .230 with 12 home runs in 65 games this year, a season marred by a toe injury that has placed him on the DL.
Is that enough to keep Bautista in Toronto? Only time will tell.
MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.
Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.
According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.
Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.
Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team
Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.
Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.
VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument
A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.
You can see the video below.
Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”
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