MLB Note - Toronto Blue Jays Bautista, Jose

Oct 4, 2017 - 6:30 AM OF Jose Bautista will become a free agent after the Blue Jays on Tuesday declined a mutual option on the six-time All-Star. The move was expected after Bautista batted just .203 and set a franchise record with 170 strikeouts this season. He hit 23 homers and drove in 65 runs while making $18 million.The option for 2018 was worth $17 million. Instead, the Blue Jays will pay the $500,000 buyout for a player who spent nine-plus seasons with the club. "Based on the construction of our roster, we feel it's unlikely that he's a part of the solution moving forward," general manager Ross Atkins said at a press conference.

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