According to reports, the Philadelphia Phillies, who claimed Jose Bautista on waivers, have worked out a deal with the Mets to acquire the veteran fielder for a PTBNL or cash considerations.
Phillies send player to be named later or cash to Mets for Bautista— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) August 28, 2018
Bautista, hitting .196/.339/.364 on the year after am August slump, has seen time in both the infield and outfield for both Atlanta and New York this year. The Mets patched Bautista into lineups by cycling him through five different positions, earning the support of Manager Mickey Callaway.
“The leadership that he brings, the quality at-bats, I feel like he plays really solid defense at multiple positions,” Callaway said in a recent interview. “I can definitely see why somebody would want to snatch him up, and give him a chance to be on a contending team.”
Bautista will likely be used as a right handed power bat off the bench, and his positional flexibility should offer the Phillies some extra options later in games.