Bautista re-signs, Blue Jays 30/1
Jose Bautista is heading back to Toronto on a one-year deal. What are the current odds of the Blue Jays to win the World Series?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blue Jays are now 30/1 long shots to win the 2017 World Series, which puts them in the same category as the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. The Baltimore Orioles are also in that same odds mix at 35/1, while the Cubs remain the favorites to win the Fall Classic at 7/2.
Over the weekend FOX Sports’ Ken Roenthal reported that the Blue Jays and Bautista were discussing a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2018. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said there’s still work to do between the Blue Jays and Bautista but by Tuesday afternoon the slugger was officially heading back to Toronto.
Heyman reports that Bautista will be guaranteed $18 million in his new one-year deal and will also receive a guarantee just above the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer he rejected from Toronto before testing free agency. Heyman also says the new deal includes a pair of options, on mutual, one vesting, which could max out the contract at $60 million.
The Blue Jays will be an interesting club to follow in 2017. After a couple of years where they looked to be the most dangerous club in the American League, there’s plenty of question marks heading into the new season. That said, with Bautista returning to the same lineup that also features Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, the Jays should at least be able to compete for one of the wild card spots.