The Mets are working toward a deal for veteran slugger Jose Bautista, multiple sources said Tuesday afternoon, with an eye toward adding a power bat to their roster.
One source described the Mets' interest in Bautista as serious, while another indicated that a deal could be finalized as soon as Tuesday.
Bautista, 37, went 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs in 12 games for the Braves, who released him last weekend. He is one season removed from a 23-homer campaign with the Blue Jays, and three years removed from his last All-Star effort, when he hit .250 with 40 home runs in Toronto.
The Mets continue to show interest in Jose Bautista, according to multiple sources, and are working toward a deal this afternoon. They're not necessarily the only team involved. Sounds like they should have an answer one way or another as soon as today.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) 22 de mayo de 2018
Overall in 15 years with six teams, most notably the Jays and Pirates, Bautista owns a .249 average with 333 home runs and an .841 OPS.
With the Mets, Bautista offers right-handed power in a lineup currently dominated by lefties. The Mets' best two right-handed bats, Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier, are both on the disabled list.
Bautista was actually a member of the Mets' organization very briefly on July 30, 2004, when he was acquired from the Royals for first baseman Justin Huber. He was immediately flipped to the Pirates that day along with third baseman Ty Wigginton and right-hander Matt Peterson for right-hander Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger. Pittsburgh traded him to Toronto four years later, which is where Bautista became a star.
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