Jays, Bautista could be close to deal
Could the Blue Jays be nearing a new deal with slugger Jose Bautista?
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Jays and Bautista are nearing a new deal that would keep the slugger in Toronto. The Indians and Orioles have been mentioned recently as possibilities for the outfielder, but Sanchez writes that Toronto has emerged as the front-runners.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blue Jays are currently 30/1 to win the 2017 World Series, putting them in the same company as the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. The Jays also have odds of 10/1 to win the American League Pennant in 2017, listing them behind only the Red Sox (9/4), Indians (4/1) and Astros (6/1) in terms of the odds.
The Blue Jays have a clear need for another outfielder and despite Bautista’s efforts to cash in big one last time at age 36, the two appear to be a perfect match. Toronto would have received a draft pick had Bautista signed elsewhere, but the club nor its fans will be disappointed if Bautista returns. He has 265 home runs in 1,078 games with Toronto. Only Carlos Delgada has hit more in franchise history.
The Chicago Cubs remain 2017 World Series favorites at 15/4 odds, while the Red Sox have the next-best odds at 11/2, followed by the Indians at 8/1. The Nationals are 10/1, the Dodgers are 14/1 and both the Astros and Giants are 15/1, respectively. The Mets are 18/1, the Mariners, Cardinals and Tigers are all 25/1, respectively, to win next season’s Fall Classic.