Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Bautista Agree To $65 Million Deal

Brian HoltContributor IFebruary 17, 2011

TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the game against the Seattle Mariners on September 23, 2010 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays defeated the Mariners 1-0. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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In from the one-year wonder category, it has recently been reported by ESPN Deportes that the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a five year, $65 million deal with slugger Jose Bautista.

That works out to a $13 million annual value for the player that led the majors last season with 54 home runs.

Prior to last season, Bautista had never hit more than 16 in his first six seasons in the majors. Also, with the scheduled arbitration hearing, Bautista was set to earn either $10.5 million or $7.6 million depending upon how the arbitrator ruled.

This is an interesting move by Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays considering the great job they have done ridding themselves of poor contracts over the last two seasons.