Bautista, who has 16 homers and 43 RBI this season, could make sense for teams looking for a veteran, right-handed power bat who gets on base at a strong clip.
The 36-year-old has the ability to veto any trade, due to the fact that he’s played at least 10 years in the league and five with his current club. He’s got a $17-million mutual option for 2018, but it’s uncertain whether Toronto would pick it up.
Bautista has become a Blue Jays icon since joining the club in 2008 and his 281 home runs with the team rank second in franchise history to Carlos Delgado’s 336.
Crasnick notes that so far Toronto’s trade talks have centred around pending free agent starters Marco Estrada, Francisco Liriano and reliever Joe Smith.