Jose Bautista – $150 Million for 5 Years?
Haven’t been on here in a while! Had an amazing discussion today with a few great friends about Toronto and Baseball, Basketball and Hockey. It motivated me to post on this blog today, so I thought I would! I also wore my favourite BlueJays T-Shirt to school today, which I thought you’d like to know!
Most of you are probably aware of yesterdays big BlueJays news, so I thought I’d share my personal opinions on it!
Yesterday, Jose Bautista publicly illegibly demanded a contract extension from the BlueJays for $150 Million USD (equal to about $207 CAD) for 5 years. Jose Bautista is currently 35 (turning 36 in October), and will be 41 when this new contract would expire.
“Cabrera is baseball’s highest-paid position player, earning $31-million per season with the Detroit Tigers. Zack Greinke is the game’s top-paid player overall, after signing a free-agent contract with Arizona worth $34 million per season.” Sourced
The team officials compared him to Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrerra when discussing the value Jose Bautista has in the clubhouse and organization.
There are a limited amount of scenarios that would be amazing to have Jose Bautista here for the next 5 years. But, there are many negatives to this contract. Bautista would be payed $30 Million for the next 5 years, and that’s a huge amount to allot to one player on the yearly payroll. Would we want to have him on payroll for the next 5 years, not knowing what could happen to him because of his age? Yes, he may be a power house, but that’s a lot of hoping. And although it would be amazing to have Bautista here until he retires, most signs are pointing to other teams besides the BlueJays for him to sign with. In my mind, Jose Bautista has been the face of this organization for quite a while, and we would all be sad to see him go. Will the end of an era with Mr. Bat Flip be coming close? Possibly, but there is still bright light at the end of the tunnel.
And by bright light, I mean this…