Enough With the Bautista Trade Rumours Already

Courtesy of Zimbio

Stop … please stop. Enough already. The Blue Jays are not trading Jose Bautista.

I know some people are going a little nuts because the trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon, but let’s be realistic here … it’s extremely unlikely the Blue Jays move the face of their franchise any time soon.

I understand that guys like Jeff Blair have to fill airtime and beat writers and newspaper columnists have to write about something. Heck, even blogging around here sometimes is spitballing to some degree.


Drew and Stoeten spoke about this at length on the DJF podcast yesterday, but Jose Bautista is not going anywhere. Even if another team were to magically come along and replenish the Blue Jays farm system with elite prospects, Toronto can’t make that trade.

Even if the Texas Rangers offer up Jurickson Profar and perhaps a couple of other elite prospects, the Blue Jays should not pull the trigger on that deal. Why? Because at this point, trading Jose Bautista would be like waving the white flag.

If the Blue Jays trade Jose Bautista this year, you may as well write off the rest of the 2013 season. Heck, you might as well write off next year and maybe even 2015 as well. Because losing a cornerstone like Bautista would be detrimental to the success of the Blue Jays. 

If they’re going to trade Jose Bautista, then trade Edwin Encarnacion too. Trade R.A. Dickey. Trade anybody whose last name ends in “N” or whose first name starts with a “C”. Blow the whole damn thing up. 

You could make an argument 2013 has been written off already anyway, which would give the Blue Jays motivation to move some of their star players. However, 2013 was not the “go for it” year; it was never intended to be a one-shot deal.

This team has a two to three year window to contend. Okay, so maybe year one of the plan didn’t go so well. That doesn’t mean Alex Anthopoulos should just dismantle this team a la the Miami Marlins and stock up on prospects. 

Bautista is the cornerstone of this Blue Jays franchise. He is locked up through 2015 and has an option for 2016. That means the possibility of three more seasons of Joey Bats in a Blue Jays uniform. That kind of control for an elite player simply cannot be understated.

It’s funny … I was looking back at some posts around the 2010 trade deadline, and it’s interesting how the trade rumours were swirling about Jose Bautista back then as well. Except in 2010, they were much more feverish as most wondered whether AA would cash in on Bautista’s expected success.

Ultimately, the Blue Jays made the right decision that year and hung onto Jose Bautista. In fact, they surprisingly signed him to a five year contract extension, which at the time was admittedly a little perplexing. But Joey Bats has been worth his weight in gold since, and will likely continue to outperform his team-friendly contract.


Your friend and mine Navin had this to say about the Blue Jays dynamic Dominican duo, and I can’t really argue with him:

It really is a shame to see star players like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have the best years of their career on what have otherwise been forgettable Blue Jays teams.

The thing is, the Blue Jays are either going to ride into the sunset with a World Series trophy with players like Jose Bautista, or they’re going to go down swinging with players like Jose Bautista.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

5 thoughts on “Enough With the Bautista Trade Rumours Already

  • July 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Seriously. People forget about how cheap and productive EE and Bautista are. You don't trade those guys away, you build around them. Trade them in their walk years if the team is still bad.

  • July 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Profar, Gallo, and Font for Edwin (Rangers)
    Tallion, Palanco,and Hanson for Jose (Pirates)
    Also trade Reyes to the Cardinals for Wacha, Taveras and Wong.
    Toronto would be stocked for the long term with MLB ready or close players. Next year if Johnson has a comeback year he will fetch a good haul at the trade deadline and if Dickey rebounds they should consider moving him.

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:53 am

      You sir are an idiot

  • July 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    to the clown above me get your head out of your ass man none of them deals are going down

  • September 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hey: Jose is not much help on the DL list, but because he is there and has a history of injuries, he is not trade bait even if the Jays wanted to move him. so don't get your knickers in a knot. He may want a trade to rid himself of the embarrassment of being a member of a catstrophic collection that Mr. Athopoulis has assembled and calls a Ball team. I sleep through most of the games and awake to find they inflicted yet another loss upon themselves and their loyal fans. Perhaps they can Trade Alex for a new batboy, and promote the current batboy to GM.

Comments are closed.