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MLB Rumor Central: Jose Bautista's agent called the Rangers?

Jose Bautista's bat flip during the 2015 AL Division Series has resulted in some animosity from the Texas Rangers and their fans. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista isn't well-liked by Texas Rangers players and fans, but that didn't stop his agent from giving the team a call.

Rumor Central

According to the Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Baustista's agent, Jay Alou, reached out to the Rangers about the slugger. A baseball source told Wilson that the conversations didn't go anywhere and aren't expected to advance.

The Rangers and their fans didn't exactly see Bautista's bat flip during Game 5 of the 2015 AL Division Series in a favorable light. Texas second baseman Rougned Odor punched Bautista in the face when the the Blue Jays visited the Rangers this past May. In this year's ALDS, a chorus of boos greeted Bautista at Globe Life Park.

Texas doesn't have any interest in Bautista because of his history with the team as well as his poor reputation among fans and players, Wilson writes. It's unlikely that the Rangers would welcome Bautista into their clubhouse, although his bat would provide pop in the team's lineup.

The Rangers aren't the first team to reject Bautista for off-field reasons. Last week, Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette said he told Bautista's agent that the O's weren't interested in the outfielder because "our fans don't like him."

ESPN's Jim Bowden projects that Bautista, 36, will sign a three-year, $48 million deal this offseason. Bowden does not list the Rangers as one of the outfielder's best fits.

--Alex Tekip