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Top 15 Free Agent Destinations For Jose Bautista

Since joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008, Jose Bautista has evolved into one of the MLB’s elite power hitters. Having never hit more than 16 home runs in his career before arriving in Toronto, Bautista has hit over 25 in each of his last six seasons, twice leading the entire league. In the same six year span, he has driven in over 100 RBI’s four times, and continues to drive pitchers to the brink of exhaustion with his ability to draw walks – he led the league in walks in 2011 and 2015, and is currently leading the league in that category. He’s not too shabby in the outfield either, possessing one of the strongest throwing arms in the American League from right field.

All of this has culminated in Bautista being named as an all-star for the past six seasons, and has garnered him three Silver Slugger awards. The question now is: where will the soon-to-be free agent play in the 2017 campaign? With negotiations appearing to be at a stalemate in Toronto – Bautista was not shy in alluding to the fact that he had given the Blue Jays his contract demands and would not negotiate any “home-town” discount – other teams from around the league are taking notice of the potential opportunity to lure the 6-time all-star away. It is widely believed that Bautista is asking for at least 5 years with an attached price tag of $150 million. Here are 15 teams that could potentially make an offer to the veteran slugger this off-season.

15 Baltimore Orioles

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14 New York Mets

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13 Seattle Mariners

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12 Cleveland Indians

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11 Cincinnati Reds

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10 Chicago White Sox

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9 Kansas City Royals

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8 St. Louis Cardinals

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7 LA Dodgers

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6 Pittsburgh Pirates

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5 San Diego Padres

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4 Toronto Blue Jays

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3 Detroit Tigers

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2 New York Yankees

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1 Boston Red Sox

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This past off-season, the Blue Jays mid-season blockbuster acquisition, David Price, decided to sign with the Red Sox. The details of Price’s contract are similar to the length and price of what Bautista is asking, and the Red Sox are never one to shy away from hefty contracts. On the heels of David Ortiz’s comment that Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion would be a great replacement once ‘Big Papi’ retires after this season, Bautista was quoted as saying he ‘envisions’ Boston as a potential landing spot. The Green Monster in left field is a right-handed hitter’s dream and has always been a welcome sight for Bautista who hits very well in Boston. With the Red Sox set to lose Ortiz – their perennial power hitter – they will be in the market for someone to replace his bat, and there may be no better candidate than Bautista who has always had success in Fenway Park.

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Top 15 Free Agent Destinations For Jose Bautista