Bautista worked out as a pitcher over the winter and is hoping to continue his career in 2020 as a two-way player, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Before Major League Baseball suspended spring training in mid-March, Bautista hadn't signed with a team and wasn't known to have any job offers on the table, but that apparently hasn't convinced him to call it quits. At the very least, Bautista is eager to participate in the 2021 World Baseball Classic, either as a member of the Dominican Republic or Spain roster (he's eligible to play for the latter country because his father holds Spanish citizenship.) Bautista could find work in a foreign league prior to the World Baseball Classic in an attempt to keep himself sharp, but the 39-year-old's time in affiliated ball is likely over. Bautista last saw MLB action in the 2018 season, logging 399 plate appearances between the Braves, Mets and Phillies.
Bautista went 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs Sunday in the Phillies' 3-1 win over the Braves.
Making perhaps his final MLB appearance, the 37-year-old started in right field and turned in just his second multi-hit performance of September. Perhaps more surprising was Bautista's activity on the bases, as he had tallied only two stolen bases on the season entering Sunday's contest. Bautista hasn't indicated whether he intends to play in 2019, but he will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal this winter if he elects to keep his career going.
The Mets traded Bautista to the Phillies on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
The 37-year-old is hitting just .196/.339/.364 this season between the Braves and Mets and doesn't provide much value in the field or on the bases. He could get the occasional start at third base or corner outfield but is likely to primarily serve as a bench bat in Philadelphia, draining most of what little fantasy value he had left.
Bautista was claimed on revocable waivers by the Phillies on Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets now have until Tuesday to work out a deal with their division rivals. Bautista has a .196/.339/.364 slash line with 11 homers through 95 games between the Braves and Mets this season, and he would be little more than a bench bat for Philadelphia.
Bautista went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, a double, seven RBI and three runs scored in the 24-4 win over the Phillies in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Bautista, and the entire Mets' offense, had an absolute monster day at the dish. He brought his average back over the Mendoza line, now sitting at .204 in 240 at-bats. Oddly enough, Bautista didn't even start this game. Brandon Nimmo (finger) left the game after being hit by a pitch in the third inning before being replaced by the veteran slugger.
Bautista is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against Philadelphia.
Bautista will receive a little breather after starting the past five games, during which he's gone 3-for-18 with three RBI and three runs scored. Austin Jackson will roam center field during Game 1, but look for Bautista to return to the starting lineup in the nightcap.
Bautista went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Monday's win over New York.
Bautista launched his ninth home run of the season in the fourth inning, handing his team a 4-2 lead. Despite plating two key runs in Monday's tilt, Bautista has gone just 3-for-37 with 17 strikeouts over his previous 10 games. He's batting .195 with 22 extra-base hits and 32 RBI through 80 matchups in 2018.
Bautista is out of the lineup versus the Marlins on Friday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Bautista will retreat to the bench for a breather after starting 14 of the past 16 games. Austin Jackson will draw a start in the outfield in his place.
Bautista will not start Monday against the Reds, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The recent return of Todd Frazier (ribs) has removed one possible spot for Bautista in the starting lineup. Austin Jackson has started seven of the last eight games in center field, forcing Brandon Nimmo over to right, Bautista's other usual spot.
Bautista is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Bautista's time with the Mets has proven less than ideal, as he's batted just .203 over 62 games. His eye at the plate has resulted in a .308 on-base percentage and he's hit six home runs over that span, but the veteran, mired in an 0-for-16 slump over the last five games, will cede right field to Brandon Nimmo on Saturday while Austin Jackson will slot into center field.
Bautista went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Padres.
The veteran slugger is now hitting .188 (12-for-64) in July with three homers and 11 RBI in 19 games. With Yoenis Cespedes (heel) apparently done for the year, Bautista should continue to see regular playing time for the Mets, but he's unlikely to be anything more than a low-BA source of occasional power at this stage of his career.
Bautista went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI on Thursday against the Nationals.
Bautista took Max Scherzer deep in the fourth inning for his seventh home run of the season. He drew a rare start at third base, giving him another path to playing time if the Mets feel comfortable with his defense at the hot corner. While his season-long numbers don't look particularly impressive, Bautista does have five home runs in 67 at-bats since June 22.
Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Bautista's move to the bench ends a streak of 13 consecutive starts, during which the veteran supplied four home runs and a .400 on-base percentage. After a dismal stint with the Braves earlier this season, Bautista has resurfaced as a dependable power bat in the corner outfield for the Mets, but his rest-of-season outlook is muddled with Jay Bruce (hip) and Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quadriceps) nearing returns from the disabled list.
Bautista went 1-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base, and a grand slam in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rays.
His sixth homer of the year was a dramatic one, as Bautista crushed the first pitch he saw in the ninth inning for the first walkoff home run of his career. The 37-year-old is still only hitting .225 in 39 games as a Met, but his .838 OPS is right in line with the tail end of his Blue Jays peak prior to last year's collapse.
Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
Not much has gone right for the Mets this season, but Bautista's performance since they picked him up certainly qualifies. The veteran slugger now has a .267/.446/.480 slash line with two homers, 12 RBI and 14 runs in 34 games for the Mets, and with Yoenis Cespedes (hip/quad) not making any apparent progress in his recovery, Bautista should continue to see regular playing time in left field through the All-Star break and perhaps beyond.
Bautista went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers.
His sixth-inning shot off Alex Wood was the only extra-base hit the Mets managed all night. Bautista has only three homers and a .205/.372/.386 slash line in 40 games on the season, with the first two blasts coming in a Braves uniform, and his role will shrink once Yoenis Cespedes (hip) returns to action -- assuming Bautista is even able to keep his roster spot at that point.
Bautista went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.
He banged a double into the left-field corner in his first at-bat as a Met, but then struck out in his final two plate appearances. Bautista could see consistent playing time as long as Yoenis Cespedes (hip) remains sidelined, but the veteran's role in New York after that is unclear.
Bautista is starting in left field and hitting fifth Tuesday against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets will waste no time inserting Bautista into their lineup. The veteran will replace lefty-hitting Jay Bruce in the outfield, and he could settle into the smaller side of a platoon with Bruce if he continues to hit lefties well (.913 OPS across 20 plate appearances this season).
Bautista signed with the Mets on Tuesday.
Bautista will get a second chance to prove that he still belongs in the majors after failing to stick with the Braves. He hit just .143/.250/.343 in 12 games with Atlanta before being released Sunday. Still, he had a long track record of being an effective hitter before last season, so the Mets will hope he can at least perform as a bench bat. It's a major-league contract, so he'll head right to the active roster, with Phillip Evans being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Well, that experiment didn't last long. Bautista played in just 12 games with the Braves, collecting five hits while striking out 12 times in 40 plate appearances. He was also a negative at the hot corner (predictably). Johan Camargo will step in as the everyday third baseman for now, but we could see top prospect Austin Riley take the job at some point this summer.
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