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Bautista: I took less money to stay

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 said Saturday he took less money to re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays but is happy even though he didn't get a long-term contract.

The free agent slugger agreed to an $18.5 million, one-year contract Tuesday that includes mutual options for more years.

The 36-year-old Bautista said he wanted to stay because he's been in Toronto a long time and enjoyed so much success. He said he didn't know if it was possible that he could return but felt there was mutual interest all along.

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