Report: Blue Jays and Jose Bautista’s representatives engaged in active contract discussions

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays and the representatives of free agent outfielder Jose Bautista are currently engaged in active contract discussions.

This comes as no surprise as Bautista’s market has been slow to develop. He rejected the Blue Jays’ $17.2 million qualifying offer. The draft pick compensation attached to him, combined with his age and a relatively down year this past season are all contributing to Bautista’s prolonged free agency. The Blue Jays, of course, would not have to relinquish a draft pick to bring Bautista back.

Bautista, 36, hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 517 plate appearances in 2016.

The Blue Jays lost slugger Edwin Encarnacion to free agency (Indians) so bringing Bautista back would help mitigate what would otherwise be a significant loss of offense.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.