The team extended $17.2 million qualifying offers to both Encarnacion and Bautista before Monday's deadline but hasn't had ongoing talks with Bautista, Davidi notes. The other eight players who have received qualifying offers are Mark Trumbo, Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, Ian Desmond, Dexter Fowler, Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Jeremy Hellickson. While the QO can have an adverse effect on the market for some free agents, Encarnacion's status as arguably the top available bat of the offseason makes it unlikely that he'd run into much difficulty even with the burden of draft pick compensation hanging over him.
Since the qualifying-offer system was adopted in 2012, only three players - Matt Wieters, Colby Rasmus and Brett Anderson - have accepted their offers.
Bautista, 36, made $14 million during an injury-plagued 2016 campaign and hit.234 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.
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Both players have had prominent roles in the Blue Jays' return to prominence over the last few years. Bautista and Encarnacion have until November 14 to accept the offers, though both are expected to decline.
Encarnacion has hit 34 or more homers in each of the past five seasons, including 42 - which tied a career high - in 2016. While he saw more action at designated hitter during the 2016 Major League Baseball season, Encarnacion still started 74 games at first base, showing that he can still play the field when called upon.
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