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Blue Jays place Jose Bautista on revocable waivers

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Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday that the Blue Jays placed outfielder Jose Bautista on revocable waivers. As mentioned here, this comes as no surprise as teams often place their expensive, under-performing veterans on waivers in August.

Bautista, 36, is having arguably the worst season of his career, batting .216/.325/.381 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 471 plate appearances. At the very least, he’s been healthy, having appeared in 107 of the Jays’ 108 games.

Bautista is owed the remainder of his $18.5 million salary for the 2017 season. He has mutual options worth $17 million in 2018 and $20 million in 2019 that can become guaranteed by reaching playing time benchmarks. He also has a full no-trade clause. Expect Bautista to pass through waivers unclaimed. If the Jays do find a trade partner afterwards, Bautista could be willing to waive his no-trade clause to play for a playoff contender.

Brewers are interested in Jake Arrieta

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.

The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.

Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.