BLUE JAYS SIGN BAUTISTA TO LONG TERM DEAL

By on February 18, 2011

Photo By: Eddie Michels

DUNEDIN, Fla. (RSE) –Toronto Blue Jays VP and GM Alex Anthopoulos (left) announced the signing Thursday February 17, 2011 of 3B/OF Jose Bautista to a five year $64-million contract.  Bautista (center) who led the major in home runs in 2010 with 54  said, “I don’t think it’s all about the money, this team is close to contending.  I’m comfortable in a place where I am wanted.”  Manager John Farrell (right) said, “He goes above and beyond on any given day, I am thankful we don’t have to face him.”  The contract has a six year option with a million buy out. (Photo by Eddie Michels)

Photo By:Eddie Michels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from the Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO, ONTARIO

Thursday, February 17, 2011

  The TORONTO BLUE JAYS and JOSE BAUTISTA have agreed to a five year contract worth US $64 million commencing in 2011, with a club option for 2016. Terms of the deal are US $8 million in 2011, with subsequent US $14 million salaries in each of 2012-15. The club holds an option of US $14 million for the 2016 season.

         BAUTISTA, 30, led Major League Baseball and established a Blue Jays franchise record by hitting 54 home runs in 2010. The 6-0, 195lb. native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic led the majors with 92 extra base hits and tied for first with 351 total bases, and became just the 4th player in Major League Baseball to record at least 35 doubles, 50 home runs and 100 walks in a season.  His spectacular season earned him a Hank Aaron Award in addition to a Silver Slugger Award and a selection to the MLB All-Star Game.

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