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Bautista clears air regarding Tulo comments

Blue Jays star takes exception to headlines that misinterpreted his remarks
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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista wants to set the record straight.

The Blue Jays' star outfielder said on Wednesday that he felt his comments regarding the Troy Tulowitzki trade a day earlier were unfairly characterized by local broadcast networks, which suggested that he was less than enthusiastic about the club acquiring the All-Star shortstop in a trade for Jose Reyes.

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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista wants to set the record straight.

The Blue Jays' star outfielder said on Wednesday that he felt his comments regarding the Troy Tulowitzki trade a day earlier were unfairly characterized by local broadcast networks, which suggested that he was less than enthusiastic about the club acquiring the All-Star shortstop in a trade for Jose Reyes.

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"I think it's unfortunate to me that I have to drag this out now like I'm on trial. I guess I'll have to be more careful what I say," Bautista said.

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The right fielder's comments regarding whether the Blue Jays were a better team in landing Tulowitzki led to broadcast reports that he was questioning the move and whether the trade was necessary, considering the team's already-potent offense and its pitching deficiencies.

"If you want to look at it as a pure baseball move, I think there's upgrades in different areas, maybe not necessarily what we need, but it's an upgrade, if you want to look at it that way," Bautista said Tuesday during a long session with the media.

Tweet from @JoeyBats19: For the ones playing psychologist over my comments re trade how about this: understand what people try to say, dont let media manipulate you

Bautista and many other Blue Jays were disappointed to say goodbye to Reyes, who'd become a linchpin in the clubhouse and a fan-favourite for his positivity and fun-loving attitude. But that disappointment doesn't mean Bautista was opposed to the trade.

"I'm extremely excited to play alongside Tulowitzki. If anyone thinks I'm not, they're a fool," Bautista said. "If I have to jump so high to make that point, that's unfair."

It's not the first time in recent history that general manager Alex Anthopoulos has opted to upgrade a positional strength instead of addressing a pitching staff that could use an upgrade. The club signed Russell Martin in the offseason, when it already had a capable No. 1 in Dioner Navarro. In another offseason move, the Blue Jays dealt promising third baseman Brett Lawrie in a package deal to the A's for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki