Jose Bautista: Signs minor-league deal with Braves

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista right celebrates his solo home run against the Detroit Tigers with third base coach Luis Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday Sept. 8 2017. (Nathan Denette  The Canadian Press via

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista right celebrates his solo home run against the Detroit Tigers with third base coach Luis Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday Sept. 8 2017. (Nathan Denette The Canadian Press via

According to ESPN.com, under the minor-league deal announced Wednesday, Jose Bautista would receive a $1 million, one-year contract if he is added to the 40-man major-league roster.

The power hitting Bautista has signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves, where he will play third base for the National League East team.

Not only will it be a new chapter of his career organization wise, but the Braves tweeted that Bautista will also be playing third base, which is a new position for him. He did play third base eight times for the Blue Jays past year and 394 times over the course of his career, so it's not too much of a stretch to think that his glove could at least be passable there.

Bautista remained with Pittsburgh, before being traded to the Blue Jays in 2008. He went unsigned over the winter after batting.203 with 23 homers and 63 runs-batted in.

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His most iconic homer came during the 2015 AL Division Series against the Texas Rangers, a three-run tiebreaking shot followed by a dramatic bat flip in Game 5 that helped Toronto advance to the ALCS.

"I don't expect his stint in the minor leagues to be long", Anthopoulos said.

As for the bat, Bautista's coming off a 2017 season in which he put up a disappointing 76 OPS+ in 157 games for the Blue Jays.

Bautista earned $18 million on a one-year deal with Toronto last season and became a free agent.

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