Bautista, Encarnacion, Dickey options picked up by Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday that they have picked up the contract options on Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and R.A. Dickey. The Jays declined the option on infielder Maicer Izturis, allowing him to become a free agent.

Toronto declines option on Izturis

The Blue Jays picked up the options Tuesday on Jose Bautista, left, and Jose Encarnacion, along with pitcher R.A. Dickey in their first player transactions of the Mark Shapiro era. (Frank Gunn/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays exercised the options on outfielder Jose Bautista, right-hander R.A. Dickey and first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion on Tuesday.

The Jays declined the option on infielder Maicer Izturis, allowing him to become a free agent.

Bautista will earn $14 million US in 2016 while Dickey will make $12 million and Encarnacion will receive $10 million.

Bautista hit 40 homers and drove in 114 runs in helping Toronto reach the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. He delivered a dramatic three-run, seventh-inning homer to lead the Jays past Texas 6-3 in the fifth and deciding game of the American League division series.

Dickey, a veteran knuckleballer, went 11-11 this past season with a 3.91 earned-run average. He registered 126 strikeouts over 214 1/3 innings pitched.

Encarnacion hit .277 this season with 39 homers and 111 RBIs.


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