After his quick stint with the Braves, veteran slugger Jose Bautista has signed with the New York Mets. Though Bautista is surely past his prime at 37 years old, the Mets are in dire need of a righty bat they can stick in the outfield. With two of the Mets few right-handed power hitters on the DL (Cespedes and Frazier) Bautista should be a good fit in the mostly lefty dominated Mets lineup.
Bautista comes to New York after being released by the Braves last weekend. In Atlanta Bautista appeared in just 12 games with 40 plate appearances, where he hit .143 with a .343 slugging percentage. Just three years ago, Bautista was in the midst of his sixth consecutive season as an All-Star with the Blue Jays. At his prime, he boasted a .302 BA, .608 SLG, and a 1.056 OPS.
The Braves released Bautista after having him on the roster for just over a month. Atlanta’s general manager Alex Anthopoulos felt 24-year-old Johan Camargo was more deserving of the third base spot, and felt it unfair to keep Bautista on a team where he’d be seeing few at-bats.
This will be Bautista’s second time on the Mets roster, after signing with the team in July of 2004. He was immediately sent to Pittsburgh, where he played for four years before breaking through in Toronto.
Bautista will wear number 11 and will play in tonight’s game against the Marlins.
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