Bautista, Blue Jays agree to $18.5M, 1-year deal

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista stretches during batting practice Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Cleveland. The Blue Jays are scheduled to face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Jose Bautista is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays, after all.

Toronto said Wednesday the free agent slugger had agreed to an $18.5 million, one-year contract with Toronto that includes mutual options for more years.

Bautista gets an $18 million salary this year, and the deal includes a $17 million mutual option for 2018 with a $500,000 buyout, payable if either side declines. There is a $20 million option for 2019 that becomes guaranteed if Bautista has 300 games played during the next two seasons and does not have a physical impairment that would prevent him from playing in 2019.