Veteran slugger Jose Bautista isn’t announcing a comeback bid after taking off the 2019 season, but neither is he prepared to declare his career over. The 39-year-old discussed his status with MLB.com’s Nathalie Alonso (Spanish language link).
Bautista says he really isn’t sure yet what will happen with his career. For the time being, the 15-season MLB veteran is enjoying time with his family while continuing his long-lauded workout regimen — something that he says will occur regardless whether he ever again pursues professional sports as a profession.
The former Blue Jays star says he never received an offer last winter despite expressing an interest in playing. Whether or not he was interested in considering minor-league pacts isn’t clear. It’s not terribly surprising that there wasn’t interest in a guaranteed deal; after all, Bautista managed only a .203/.348/.378 slash in 399 plate appearances during his 2018 tour de NL East. That was approximately league-average production — not quite what teams are hoping for from defensively limited roster pieces.
It certainly does not sound as if Bautista has a plan in mind to re-launch his playing career. And it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be lured back by teams. Still, Bautista says he doesn’t feel it’s necessary to announce a formal retirement at the moment. Indeed, he says he still has yet even to consider that step.