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MLB Free Agency: Is Jose Bautista the Best Hitter Left on the Market?

The slugging outfielder has lowered his free-agent demands, but he still doesn't appear to have many seriously interested teams.

After turning down a qualifying offer from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Bautista officially bet on himself by turning his attention toward what was a rather strong free-agent market. When Yoenis Cespedes re-signed with the New York Mets for the second consecutive winter, Bautista's market was supposed to pick up.

It didn't.

Bautista is still on the open market, while ex-teammate Edwin Encarnacion found greener pastures with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians, and Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce have ostensibly replaced him in Toronto.