Bautista thanks Toronto in heartfelt essay before donning Braves jersey

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Last season, however, he hit just.203 with just a.308 on-base percentage with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs in 157 games with Toronto last season.

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves will add Jose Bautista to their roster on Friday. "When you traded for me, back in 2008, I was a part-time player - closer to 30 than 20 - who had already bounced around between four teams in this league".

And before I take the field tonight, wearing another team's jersey - it just feels like there's one thing left that I have to do.

"I also want to say thank you to the city of Toronto, for welcoming me with such open arms - and for taking me in, for all these years, as one of your own".

"That run where we finally turned ourselves into a victor, and got Toronto Baseball back to where it belongs", Bautista wrote.

"With me and Toronto, it's always felt like there is this ... nearly deeper understanding there".

The 37-year-old looks back fondly at the two thrilling postseason runs the Blue Jays had during his time in Toronto, as the team appeared in the ALCS in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016.

Bautista went unsigned as a free agent for the entire offseason before agreeing to a minor league deal on April 18 that will pay him a base salary of $1 million in the big leagues.

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