August 22, 2018 Update: The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed Jose Bautista on revocable waivers & are currently trying to work out a deal for the 37 utility player.
In 82 games with the Mets, Bautista was batting .207 with 9 homeruns & a .724 OPS since May. If the Phillies plan to use Bautista’s help for the playoffs, they’ll need to pull off the trade before September 1st, or else he will be ineligible for the postseason.
If the Mets strike a deal with the Phillies, it would be the second trade the two teams have conducted this summer as the Mets sent Asdrubal Cabrera to Philadelphia for prospect Franklyn Kilome. The two teams have till Tuesday to complete a deal.
Original: Beat writer with the New York Post, Mike Puma is reporting that the Mets will “likely try to bring back Jose Bautista next season” & then stated that it would be “For a part-time role” & that it’s due to “The lack of OF depth in the organization”. Now while he did this via Twitter, I think it’s worth entertaining the possibility of the veteran making a return.
Personally, I’m not in favor with the Mets bringing back Bautista in just about any capacity. I mean, I don’t even want to see his face on the bench, potentially being an upcoming pinch hitter later in the 9th with the game on the line. I don’t need that grief.
Recently, news had come out that the Mets financial health was fine & there was nothing to worry about. Sure, it’s true, every MLB goes into debt with the league, not just our Mets. Then why re-sign Bautista?
I get it, but I don’t. I understand it would be a “Low risk/High reward” type move. But, by the way mediocre outfielder’s barely move during the off-season, why is the front office sold on Bautista?
He has a .712 OPS while batting .198 with only 8 Home run’s & 29 RBI’s. In his last 30 games, he’s batting .179/.293/.321 with 4 home run’s and driving in 12 while striking out 40 times in 106 at-bats. He’s proven he can be versatile in the field however, the Mets can provide younger players within the organization, that can fill the same role. No, I’m not talking about Ty Kelly. (Sorry, TK)
At the very least, the Mets & whoever the GM is this coming the off-season, should wait the market out. Don’t rush in & make another Granderson signing. No need for a mid December press release, alerting the fans that the Mets have signed Alejandro De Aza. Play the market, Mets. Don’t get played by it.