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Blue Jays: Five Bold Predictions For The 2019 Season

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Vladimir Guerrero Jr #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Vladimir Guerrero Jr #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 14: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays flips his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

5. Jose Bautista retires, signs a one-day contract with the Blue Jays

With the game becoming younger by the day, it’s becoming extremely hard for veterans like Jose Bautista to find jobs. In 2018, Bautista was a serviceable player. Though he had a horrendous .203 average, he still posted a very strong .348 OBP that resulted in a 107 wRC+ and 1.0 fWAR.

Sadly, “serviceable” may not be enough to find a guaranteed MLB contract. In fact, with a player like Adam Jones struggling to find work, it seems very likely that the only options available for Jose Bautista are of the MiLB variety.

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Given his age and pride, expecting Jose Bautista to play much longer seems unrealistic. Rather, a bold (?) prediction would be for Bautista to retire in 2019, sign a one-day contract with the Blue Jays, and deservedly see his name placed on the Blue Jays Level of Excellence.

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