Blue Jays, Bautista postpone arbitration

Major league home run leader Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays have pushed back their salary arbitration in hopes of reaching an agreement.

The sides had been set to argue their cases Monday, with Bautista asking for $10.5 million rather than the team’s offer of $7.6 million.

Bautista hit .260 with 54 homers and 124 RBIs last season, when he made $2.4 million.

”Our arbitration hearing with Jose Bautista has been postponed to allow further negotiation between the player and the club,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a statement.

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol agreed to a $20 million, three-year contract, a day before his scheduled hearing.

Five players remain in arbitration, with hearings scheduled through Friday. Players and owners have split the two cases already decided, with Pittsburgh pitcher Ross Ohlendorf winning and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver losing.