This is, of course, just speculation.
But Jose Bautista was placed on revocable waivers on the 3rd and we still haven’t heard anything. The Blue Jays (as is every other front office) are a smart ballclub. By placing Bautista on waivers on the evening of the second, or early into the third of August, the 47-hour waiver period would take up all of Thursday and Friday.
This is important because if a player is claimed, the team has 48 hours to work out a deal with the claiming club or pull that player back. The 48-hour window doesn’t include weekends, though. Thus, if the Cleveland Indians did claim Jose Bautista, the Blue Jays would have all day Saturday, all day Sunday, and then Monday and Tuesday, to work out a trade. Jose Bautista for his part, would also have that time to consider waiving his no-trade clause.
The Jays are back in Toronto on Tuesday to face the Yankees, and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he’ll suit up on Tuesday to simply say his good-byes and receive an hour-long standing ovation.
Then again, revocable waiver news is notoriously slow and Jose Bautista could’ve cleared them and we just haven’t heard about it.
I guess we’ll find out soon enough.