Former Blue Jays great Jose Bautista says he’s considering his options

Jose Bautista at Rogers Centre during the 2015 playoffs. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has responded to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that said he could retire this off-season.

The 37-year-old Bautista has been offered a few seven-figure contracts this winter, reports Heyman, who estimates they were in the neighbourhood of $1 million. The Heyman report further suggested that the slugger could retire as a result of his dissatisfaction with the offers.

But in speaking with Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Bautista said he’s “just considering my options, and it depends on two criteria. That’s winning and making sure that my family’s in a good situation.”

Bautista earned $18 million last season, but after he struggled through a terrible campaign, the Blue Jays declined to pick up their side of his $17-million mutual option for 2018.

He hit 23 home runs last season, but slashed .203/.308/.366 and generated negative 0.5 wins above replacement.

The six-time all-star spent the past 10 seasons with the Blue Jays.

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