The Nationals optioned Bautista to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Jamal Collier of reports.

Bautista went through his share of offensive struggles in 2017, with a .250 batting average and .603 OPS at Triple-A Syracuse and a .160 average and .382 OPS over 17 games (25 at-bats) with the Nationals. The 24-year-old could earn another opportunity in the majors in 2018, but he will start the season in the minor leagues.

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