What's the quickest way to get the ants in the Jays fan ant hill to go right around the bend? Well this sort of kick will work great:
Jose Bautista: 'I don't believe in hometown discounts. I've given this organization a 5-year hometown discount already. #BlueJays— Alex Seixeiro (@alexfan590) February 22, 2016
Of course, we could argue, and I would, that Jose didn't really give us a 'hometown discount' but that the team took a chance on a player that really didn't have much of a track record of success and Bautista decided to take the sure thing, instead of betting on himself and signing a one-year deal, then being able to bargain from a much stronger position the next year.
I don't think any of us thought he was about to give us a discount.
And there is more:
Two weeks ago Jose Bautista told the Blue Jays front office the dollar amount and term is would take to re-sign him. Hasn't heard back since— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) February 22, 2016
Jose Bautista says he doesn't think there's a need for negotiations beyond that. #BlueJays— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) February 22, 2016
Seems slightly needlessly combative. Of course, there is need for negotiations, I mean he might not want to move from his numbers, but, you do have to talk to the other side.
The Blue Jays attempted to negotiate with Bautista's terms but he told them not to waste their time— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) February 22, 2016
And, you guessed it, more:
Bautista said all this while wearing a "Home is Toronto" t-shirt, by the way— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) February 22, 2016
So we have the first shots fired in what could be a long negotiation between long time team star Jose Bautista and the new team management.
I get the feeling that this is going to long drawn out thing.
In case you wanted more:
So, there is some good will there. I think this is just the early going in negotiations. I'm sure we'll have more news coming.
Guess what, there is still more:
Bautista on the 15-minute sit-down with Shapiro/Atkins when he told Blue Jays his terms: "It was a great meeting. But business is business."— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) February 22, 2016
Update, still more:
Bautista on Blue Jays payroll, budget, ownership... pic.twitter.com/3dG3Jx3vu9— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) February 22, 2016