Blue Jays decline Bautista's $17.5M option
Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting a three-run homer during seventh inning game 5 American League Division Series baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Toronto slugger Bautista says he would like to be a Blue Jay for life. It appears to be up to the team's new front office to make the next move. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The Associated Press
Published Monday, November 6, 2017 7:46PM EST
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista's $17.5 million option has been declined by the Toronto Blue Jays, who will pay a $500,000 buyout.
Bautista became a free agent Sunday after the team turned down its half of the mutual option on the 36-year-old right fielder.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins had said on Oct. 3, two days after the Blue Jays' season ended, that the team intended to decline the option.
A three-time All-Star who spent 10 years with the Blue Jays, Bautista hit .203 this year with 23 homers, 65 RBIs and a franchise-record 170 strikeouts.