Jose Bautista thinks Blue Jays leaked report of $150 million demand

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Last week, it was reported that outfielder Jose Bautista wanted $150 million over five years in a potential contract extension with the Blue Jays. Bautista then called that report “false”.

Now, according to Peter Gammons, Bautista believes that representatives of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays, leaked that report. Some in the media portrayed Bautista as greedy and unrealistic for making such a demand, which aids ownership in two ways: if Bautista leaves, it is not ownership being cheap, but the athlete being greedy; if he stays, it’s because ownership goaded him into¬†taking less money.

Gammons notes that Bautista is actually seeking a six-year deal, not five. Bautista is in the final year of his current contract, so a new six-year deal would take him through his age-41 season. The veteran follows a strict workout and diet regimen which he and the Jays feel will aid him in avoiding age-related decline as quickly and steeply as would typical players.

This past season, Bautista led the American League with 110 walks while hitting 40 home runs, knocking in 114 runs, scoring 108 runs, and racking up a .250/.377/.536 triple-slash line.