Phillies acquire Jose Bautista from Mets

The Phillies have reportedly acquired Jose Bautista. (slgckgc/Wikimedia Commons)

After claiming New York Mets third baseman/outfielder Jose Bautista on revocable waivers, the Philadelphia Phillies have completed a trade that will allow them to acquire the six-time All-Star, per Joel Sherman of The New York Post. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia tweets that the Phillies will traAll Postsde a player to be named later or cash to the Mets for Bautista, who they plan to use as a pinch-hitter.

The Phillies will be the third Naitonal League East team to employ the 37-year-old in 2018. Known for his 10-and-a-half season tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays, Bautista began the season with the Atlanta Braves, but hit just .143 in 12 games before being released. However, despite the fact that he’s hitting just .204 with the Mets, he’s provided value. In 245 at-bats in New York, Bautista has nine home runs, 37 RBIs and 51 walks.

The Phillies announced Tuesday that they have designated Mark Leiter Jr. for assignment to make place for Bautista on the 40-man roster.

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  1. Ken Bland

    August 28, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Leiter was DFA’d to fit Bautista on the 40.

    I enjoy the process of the game unveiling surprises and new things that make me realize you’re never too old to learn.

    This may prove to be the best example yet.

    My surface and immediate reaction is this is a waste of a deal. Maybe not in the clubhouse, which in and of itself might be worth it, but as a talent, Jose is so over the hill. I love the mention of 11 dingers, 9 for NY, heaven forbid somebody should mention one of ’em was a lollipop off Kingery. Yeah, still leaves 10, and 8. Did they all come off deGrom, Max and Nola?

    Maybe Jose shocks me and shows he has some life left. It’s not a likely learning experience.

  2. pamikeydc

    August 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    It’s fine Ken. Klent is making a pretty big effort here w what’s out there. Leiter is a career AAA player. W Bour possibly out longer than we think why not try this?! Great sign in my opinion

  3. Bill Giulian

    August 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    But we didn’t need Danial Murphy who can hit. Another ridiculous move by Klentak

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