It’s been a busy year and a half for José Bautista. But on Tuesday afternoon, he made his way to a 2018 contender.
“Mets have traded José Bautista to the Phillies,” said Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
“Mets decided to move Bautista to the Phillies in part because Bruce is back, Nimmo rejoining the team, so ABs were about to get tougher for Bautista,” he adds.
After spending part of 10 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Bautista will now suit up for his third NL East team this season. He got just 12 games with the Atlanta Braves earlier this season, struggling with a .143/.250/.343 slash line. He didn’t find his power stroke with the Mets, but did get on base a lot with a .201/.351/.367 slash line.
All of this is a far cry from his time in Toronto — .253/.372/.506; 288 home runs — and we just don’t know what he will bring to the Phillies. They’re already playing first basemen out of position in the outfield because they have too may of them. Bautista has made starts at first, third and in the outfield this season. There’s a good chance he serves primarily as a bench bat, but we’ll see.
As it currently stands, the Phillies are 3.5 games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves. They’ve lost seven of their last 10 as well. They’ve also fallen to 2.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second NL wild card spot. Adding Joey Bats is unlikely to move the needle all that much.
But it’s something, right?