Jose Bautista is one of the top MLB free agents on the market this winter. The Baltimore Orioles won’t sign him. Why you ask? It’s simple, their fans don’t like him. As silly as that sounds, the free agent is not well liked around the majors and especially in Baltimore. While the O’s and other teams are concerned with his attitude, Bautista remains one of the best bats on the free-agent market. The 36-year-old has averaged 36 home runs, 93 RBIs, and a .929 OPS over the last seven seasons.
Bautista has played in the AL East for a long time, so there is plenty of history between the sides. The most notable of which came in 2015 when Bautista admired his home run flipped his bat and sauntered around the basebaths. The Orioles took exception to the level of celebration and Bautista even traded words with Baltimore’s Adam Jones. As we all know, it’s not the first time Bautista has flipped a bat and shown up the other team. With that in mind, he should probably cross Texas off his list of potential suitors as well. Oh and there’s the Royals fans. (He played for the Royals briefly in 2004) During the 2015 American League Championship Series, Bautista didn’t make any fans when he faked throwing a ball to a fan in the stands, then ran off the field with a smirk on his face.
Opposing fans hate that he shows emotion and celebrates big moments while showing up their team. And they hate that he constantly complains about the strike zone.( As do the umpires). Now he’s trying to land a new contract and each day that goes by, his agent is crossing potential teams off their list. Word has It that there was another face-to-face discussion between the Blue Jays and Bautista’s camp since extension talks went nowhere prior to spring training in February. There had been very little contact between the sides since Bautista rejected a $17.2-million qualifying offer November 14, which looked to have marked the final split between the sides. As it turned out, Toronto made the same offer. Again he rejected it.
In life sometimes you think you are bigger than the game itself and then you get a rude awakening. I would suggest to MR. BAUTISTA that you might not be the hot commodity that you think you are and settle with the Jays, if you think you can get by on a small allowance of only $17,000,000 US per year. I hope the Jays eventually sign him, they deserve him.
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