12:38 PM Eastern
It certainly appears as though the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista have agreed on a long-term contract that will pay the club’s 2010 landslide MVP $65 million over the next five years, with a possible option for a sixth year at another $13 million.
Bautista, who was in Arizona awaiting his arbitration hearing tomorrow, is scheduled to be back in Dunedin soon, which clearly indicates that there won’t be a hearing, which means there’s a deal done, and they likely don’t want to announce anything until he’s there. Another clear indication that a deal is done is that the Blue Jays have scheduled an announcement for 5:00 pm Eastern this afternoon.
If the numbers are right, it’s a longer term deal than I thought the Blue Jays would be willing to sign, given the price, but I don’t want to try to analyze it until all the facts are in, until the announcement’s been made and until Alex Anthopoulos and Bautista have both said their piece.
It’s kind of why I don’t love posting about things that are “about to happen” and then posting again about those same things once they actually happen. I generally like to save the posts until the thing actually happens so that we have all the info and there’s not so much repetition.
I believe that Alex has earned the benefit of the doubt over the year and a half he’s been in charge, and that he’ll have strong and solid reasoning to explains what appears to be a pretty big gamble. Or maybe that’s just it – it’s a pretty big gamble, same as the ones we applauded when he acquired guys like Brandon Morrow, Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie.
More to come later this afternoon!