Only a few weeks after the start of the new season, Jose Bautista has finally been able to find an MLB team to take him in. The infamous "bat flip master" himself, Bautista could be back soon in the Big Leagues after he has agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
The Atlanta Braves made the announcement via Twitter and to our surprise, he has been signed to play a new-old position with the National League team, third base.
Bautista is not guaranteed a spot in the Major League club as he only signed a Minor League deal, but if he has a good showing in extended Spring Training in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, he could win a starting position with the Braves as they don't have a big name at third base or any major prospects at that position.
The Atlanta #Braves today agreed to terms with free agent infielder José Bautista on a one-year minor-league contract for the 2018 season, and he has reported to Atlanta’s extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He will play third base.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) 18 de abril de 2018
The 37-year-old is no stranger to third base as that was his position as a prospect before being sent to the outfield, he even played the position recently with the Blue Jays after a series of injuries.
Last year was not one of Bautista's best in the Big Leagues as he only hit .203 with 23 homers and 65 runs batted in on 157 games played.
His 2017 numbers and his reputation were a big part of the reason why teams had stayed away from the Dominican. He even started a benches-clearing brawl against the Braves because of a bat flip.
In his 10 years in the Bigs, Bautista has averaged .253 with 288 dingers and 766 RBIs.