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Report: Rays interested in Jose Bautista

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 1: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on October 1, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

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Jon Morosi reports that the Rays have interest in veteran free agent outfielder Jose Bautista. Morosi notes that the Rays spoke to Bautista last offseason before he eventually decided to re-sign with the Blue Jays.

Bautista, 37, is coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign in which he hit .203/.308/.366 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI in 686 plate appearances. Bautista’s rate stats, for the most part, have been in decline for the last four seasons.

Bautista’s agent, Jay Alou, said Bautista is willing to play corner infield as well as corner outfield and DH, Morosi reports. The Rays surely like that, given their tendency to value versatility and their habit of moving players around the diamond.

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