Appearing on MLB Network Radio on Sunday, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said he plans to meet with outfielder Jose Bautista and 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion next week to discuss contract extensions. No offers have been made thus far.
Bautista, 35, is entering the final year of his five-year, $65 million contract. The Jays exercised their club option for the 2016 season back in November and will pay him $14 million. The slugger went yard 40 times in 2015, driving in 114 runs, scoring 108 runs, and batting .250/.377/.536. Though Bautista has played in 150-plus games in each of the past two seasons, he has dealt with various injuries in recent years and his age will certainly be a limiting factor for the team as well. In particular, he dealt with hamstring and shoulder injuries in 2015.
Encarnacion, 33, is also entering the final year of his deal, a three-year, $29 million pact. Similarly, the Jays picked up his $10 million club option back in November. He ripped 39 home runs with 111 RBI, 94 runs scored, and a .277/.372/.557 batting line in 2015. Encarnacion spent 85 games at DH and 59 at first base. He underwent surgery at the end of October for a sports hernia but is expected to be ready for spring training.