Toronto Blue Jays right-fielder/third baseman, Jose Bautista, signed a multi-year contract extention with the Blue Jays for 65 million guarenteed over five years. The club will also have a 14 million dollar option for a sixth year if they choose.
Bautista had a breakout year last season leading MLB in homeruns and becoming one of the most feared hitters in the game. He showed outstanding improvements in pitch recognition and bat speed, in my opinion. He’d always shown a good ability to turn on a fastball, now he is great in that respect. Currently, there are no indications that another 50 homerun season for Bautista is out of the question, but that is a debateable point. I, for one, am very impressed with his approach at the plate, however, I do realize that 54 homeruns is difficult thing to replicate in MLB.
I can see how offering this contract to Bautista was an especially tough decision. Its hard to evaluate a player after only one year. Regardless, the Jays locked him up and now it is time for celebration. I cracked a Brahma for Bautista, which is a great Brazilian beer, but I’ve been told that the beer of choice in the Dominican is called Presidente.
Anyway, Cheers! Salute! More ballgames beers and Bautista bombs are in my future. Me happy.