Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports
By Darryn Albert  |  Last updated 1/3/17

Oct 13, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista works out one day prior to game one of the ALCS at Progressive Field. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Jose Bautista Sweepstakes still appears to be a very open competition.

According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Tuesday, Bautista is on the Philadelphia Phillies’ list of potential free agent targets. However, the team is said to be reluctant about the draft pick compensation attached to the six-time All-Star slugger.

Bautista’s prowess at the plate is well known, but it’s uncertain how much he alone would be able to move the needle for a Phillies team that went 71-91 last season and ranked dead last in team OPS (per ESPN). It also doesn’t seem likely that the 36-year-old Bautista would want to play for a rebuilding team at this stage of his career.

The veteran is reportedly still negotiating with his incumbent Toronto Blue Jays and may settle for a shorter-team deal. But news like this makes it difficult to rule out the possibility of a dark horse team swooping in at the last minute, even if it might not necessarily be Philadelphia.

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46 - 1998
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44 - 1999
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43 - 2011
Jose Bautista
42 - 2016
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42 - 2012
Edwin Encarnacion
42 - 2003
Carlos Delgado
42 - 1999
Shawn Green
41 - 2015
Josh Donaldson
41 - 2000
Tony Batista
41 - 2000
Carlos Delgado
40 - 2015
Jose Bautista
40 - 1986
Jesse Barfield
39 - 2015
Edwin Encarnacion
39 - 2001
Carlos Delgado
38 - 2006
Troy Glaus
38 - 1998
Carlos Delgado
37 - 2016
Josh Donaldson
36 - 2013
Edwin Encarnacion
36 - 2009
Aaron Hill
36 - 1996
Ed Sprague
36 - 1989
Fred McGriff
35 - 2014
Jose Bautista
35 - 2009
Adam Lind
35 - 1998
Shawn Green
35 - 1990
Fred McGriff
34 - 2014
Edwin Encarnacion
34 - 2001
Jose Cruz
34 - 1992
Joe Carter
34 - 1988
Fred McGriff
33 - 2003
Vernon Wells
33 - 2002
Carlos Delgado
33 - 1993
Joe Carter
33 - 1991
Joe Carter
32 - 2006
Vernon Wells
32 - 2004
Carlos Delgado
32 - 2000
Brad Fullmer
31 - 2010
Vernon Wells
31 - 2000
Jose Cruz
31 - 1990
Kelly Gruber
31 - 1986
George Bell
30 - 1997
Carlos Delgado
30 - 1996
Joe Carter
30 - 1980
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