Phillies Interested In Jose Bautista

The defending NL Champs would like to add the AL home run leader. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun adds the Phillies to the list of teams interested in Jose Bautista (via Twitter) and explains that Philadelphia has scouted eight of the last nine Blue Jays games. 

The Blue Jays are demanding a lot for Scott Downs and others this summer, so their asking price for Bautista is likely massive. The 29-year-old has 30 homers (1st in the AL), 57 walks (4th in the AL) and nine outfield assists (1st in the AL). He earns $2.4MM this year, could earn $6-7MM in 2011 and will hit free agency after that.

With Chase Utley out, the Phillies could move Placido Polanco to second base and play Bautista at third. Like the Blue Jays, the Phils are extremely active, pursuing Roy Oswalt and others. The Tigers, White Sox, Braves and Giants have also been connected to Bautista this month, so the Phillies will have to out-bid a number of teams to obtain the former Rule 5 pick.

Bautista told the FAN 590 tonight that he enjoys Toronto and would consider signing a multi-year deal with the Blue Jays. The team is not discussing a deal with the slugger now, agent Bean Stringfellow confirmed to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.


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153 Comments on "Phillies Interested In Jose Bautista"


5 years 1 month ago

Bean Stringfellow is one of the best names ever. Hands down.

Also, in before someone says “domonic brown for bautista!!”

jdehart
5 years 1 month ago

I really think Blake Hawksworth and Bean should start their own law office. Stringfellow and Hawksworth: Attorneys at Law.

aricollins
5 years 1 month ago

Up there with Rusty Kuntz, Angel Pagan, Milton Bradley, and Razor Shines. And it’s too bad Dick Pole’s not coaching this year.

jdehart
5 years 1 month ago

Don’t forget Coco Crisp!

5 years 1 month ago

I enjoy reading MiLB’s annual Moniker Madness. I love the 2008 winner, “Will Startup”.

malcolmec
5 years 1 month ago

I always thought Rusty Kuntz was the best name in baseball… until I heard about Johnny Dickshot.

aricollins
5 years 1 month ago

OMMFGDG, that is fantastic. Wikipedia says his nickname was “Ugly”. I wonder if he was called “Ugly Dickshot”?!

myname_989
5 years 1 month ago

Whaaa?

hurley55
5 years 1 month ago

Dom Brown! Kidding..

5 years 1 month ago

not after that sexy debut…………………….

myname_989
5 years 1 month ago

Pretty sure if the Phillies were scouting anything, it’s Scott Downs and the rest of that bullpen. There’s no need for Bautista, and no place for him.

zolttt
5 years 1 month ago

if they spun werth for prospects and put bautista in the OF, youre getting an extra year and another big right handed bat. not saying its going to happen, but its a possibility.

5 years 1 month ago

i guess the phillies giants angels and rangers are going to take everyone possible at the deadline i’m getting real annoyed now

philly_red
5 years 1 month ago

So when Shane and Utley come back…. he would play…. where?

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

Right field as Ibanez gets benched, Werth moves to LF. Brown sent down…

UNLESS, there is a 4-team trade? Maybe Phillies move Werth (assume Tampa) for prospects, some which can be used for Bautista and more prospect can be used to acquire Lilly or Oswalt (or whatever pitcher they want).

Or maybe I am getting ahead of myself. 😛

5 years 1 month ago

Oddly enough, that’s actually plausible (in a 3 team trade with an Oswalt one being separate). It would save the Phils some money that they could put towards Oswalt this year and allow them to keep Brown in the minors or bench Ibanez. Of course, they would have no CF until Victorino comes back, so maybe it’s not all that plausible.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

I’m sure Bautista has played CF before so he could play there if needed…

5 years 1 month ago

He has played a total of 79 innings at CF in his career.

5 years 1 month ago

He plays CF in winter ball and Cito used him a lot out there in spring to see what was there. Jack of all trades.

5 years 1 month ago

I doubt they’ll send Brown down now….

5 years 1 month ago

Agreed. That was more an “if Brown shows he’s not quite ready to contribute to a pennant race” option. Benching Ibanez makes far more sense.

5 years 1 month ago

You honestly think one game would prove one way or the other whether he’s ready? Over react much?

5 years 1 month ago

raul has been hot lately so not unttil his normal suckyness comes back

malcolmec
5 years 1 month ago

Except that Ibanez has been RAKING recently. The dude has always been a streaky hitter and he’s getting real hot… by the time Utley comes back, you might not think benching Ibanez is such a good idea.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

This move has about a 0% chance of happening so its a moot point. BUT, no way Ibanez rides the bench. He is hitting over .370 since the break with a HR and is hitting the ball hard, the effects of not having spring training is wearing off. He was hitting Edwin Jacksons 95 mph tonight, the first half of the year he was fouling off 89 mph

5 years 1 month ago

He hit Edwin Jackson today? Man, what a standard to set.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

Then you can just rotate between Brown and Ibanez.

And seriously? fouling off 89 mph? Yeah, I suppose he’s turned into a good hitter now.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

Ha-Ha. The numbers dont lie. He missed Spring Training due to sports hernia surgery. Even with his miserable first half, before the break he started hitting the ball hard, and now has brought his average up from the .240’s to .260’s

Yes Edwin Jackson has been hit around this season, but the point is the fact that his bat speed has drastically improved. Going from fouling back 90 mph pitches to turning on 95 mph like he did tonight is a good sign. Will it last? That I dont know. But its not entirely far fetched that he may have turned a corner. Its not like the guy doesnt have talent.

jeffdg
5 years 1 month ago

He has hit a HR since the All-Star break…woo hoo!

jeffdg
5 years 1 month ago

He has hit a HR since the All-Star break…woo hoo!

jeffdg
5 years 1 month ago

Or unless the Jays take the contract of Ibanez in an effort to secure excellent propspect from the Phillies.

I cant see how the Phillies acquire Oswalt and Baustista.

5 years 1 month ago

That’s an intriguing idea. It would probably help the Phillies immensely if the Jays would give them Bautista and Downs and take Ibanez’s remaining 15m off the hook for them. With so little committed to the 2011 payroll, the Blue Jays can certainly afford it if they wanted to and thought the Phillies were offering the right prospect package.

johnsmith4
5 years 1 month ago

I doubt AA will ask for Ibanez and a prospect for Bautista and Downs…..he is most likely to ask for Brown and a prospect

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

Bautista and Downs is not worth Brown and AA is not stupid enough to think that they are, he might start it off asking for Brown (wouldn’t surprise me), be he knows he doesn’t have a chance at getting him.

johnsmith4
5 years 1 month ago

if he can’t get Brown, then why bother talking trade….he doesn’t need to get rid of Bautista….doesn’t want to get rid of Bautista….so….if Phillies want Bautista….then they have to make AA want to give him up….the only way I see it happening is them giving up Brown…..and…why do they have so many scouts at the Jays game?

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

I think AA should only make the trade if he isn’t planning on having Bautista around when they’re looking to contend (2 years-ish imo), and if that’s the case then he should make the trade to get value for a player that isn’t part of the future of the organization. Now, if AA wants Bautista around long-term and is on the fence then yeah go ahead and shoot for the moon and if/when you don’t get it, whatever no big deal because you want him around.

I’d imagine that they have scouts at Jays games because they are interested in Jays players, just a guess on my part though.

wallywhack
5 years 1 month ago

Bautista and Downs are the tools necessary to take you to the post season right now. Brown isn’t going to get you there. Amaro needs to ask himself if he wants golf or more October baseball.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

It’s possible that Bautista and Downs get the Phillies to the postseason and Brown doesn’t, or it’s possible that they get in without either of those guys, you have no way of knowing what’s going to happen, so you shouldn’t speak like you do.

My main point is that Bautista for 1 and 1/3 years and Downs for the rest of this season are not worth giving up the best prospect in baseball that just got called up. Yeah, maybe they miss out on the October baseball this year, but that is not worth trading away your only viable long term option for RF (since Werth probably isn’t going to be resigned). AA can ask for Brown all he wants, and it’s not a bad negotiating tactic to start off asking for the best prospects you can, but Ruben Amaro would be incredibly dumb to trade him for Bautista and Downs.

5 years 1 month ago

I said the Jays would be willing to take on Ibanez’s 15m + the right prospect PACKAGE for Bautista & Downs. Obviously AA wouldn’t ASK for Ibanez, he’d be going PHI a favor so he can get a better package, similar to how the Jays are paying 6m of Halladay’s 2010 salary so they could get Drabek/D’Arnaud/Taylor from PHI. If I had to guess PHI was willing to send Drabek & Taylor over but weren’t going to add D’Arnaud without the Jays footing some of Doc’s bill.

jeffdg
5 years 1 month ago

Or unless the Jays take the contract of Ibanez in an effort to secure excellent propspect from the Phillies.

I cant see how the Phillies acquire Oswalt and Baustista.

5 years 1 month ago

up reuben amaros butthole, which he seems to be pulling prospects out of?? which y this will never happen no prospectessses

5 years 1 month ago

what are you talkin about the Phillies have plenty of good prospects in class A ball.

5 years 1 month ago

yea ik i thought they traded singleton….. but the prospects we sent to houston werent nothin gose cant hit happ was lucky last yr and villans a little young to tell…..but glad we kept cosat singleton and worely

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

haha i guarantee the first thing AA asks for is dom. brown

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Sounds like Shane could be out for up to 6 weeks.

If the cost is low I’m all for Bautista. Worst case scenario, he strengthens are bench over guys like Cody Ransom.

5 years 1 month ago

Why would the cost be low? Anthopolous will just keep him rather than give him away.

Singleton for Jose.
Take a Bau Ruben Amaro.

5 years 1 month ago

There’s absolutely no way the cost will be low. He’s the most valuable chip the Jays have, and you’ve seen what they’re reportedly asking for Downs. I’m sure the cost will be D Brown because the Phils just don’t have much else of value (Happ would get destroyed in the AL East). And of course, the Phils would never do that, so Bautista will not end up in Philly.

5 years 1 month ago

Phillies have some nice prospects actually but a lot of them are in the lower levels.

5 years 1 month ago

Right, and the Jays aren’t about to trade the big league HR leader for low A ball players. They would ask for (and apparently HAVE been asking for in all trades) big league or big league ready talent.

5 years 1 month ago

Right, and a playoff contending team isn’t trading any big league talent off their roster.

5 years 1 month ago

Exactly. Which is why I don’t see these teams matching up.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, Baseball America just ranked them the #1 A-ball farm system in baseball.

5 years 1 month ago

Strengthens the bench…thanks for the good laugh.

oremlk
5 years 1 month ago

Seeing a report on FOX 26 Houston that the Astros and Phillies have agreed to the terms on the Roy Oswalt trade, he has been presented with the deal, and they are awaiting his approval to waive his no trade clause.

BK
5 years 1 month ago

Downs and Bautista for Dom Brown and a B prospect?

5 years 1 month ago

Philly didn’t give Dom Brown for the best pitcher in baseball, why would they give it up for Downs and Bautista? AND throw in a prospect? Big dreamer, call you Cobb.

5 years 1 month ago

Just saw that. Great movie.

5 years 1 month ago

No, because they didn’t have to, they had other highly touted prospects they could use instead. If they didn’t have those other prospects, would they have offered up Brown as part of a deal to get Halladay? Probably. So saying “but we didn’t give Brown for Halladay, why would we trade him for anyone else” is being completely oblivious to numerous other factors. That’s not to say I think the Phils would trade Brown, cause I doubt they will, but not because of your apples and oranges reasoning.

5 years 1 month ago

Honestly I’d take it. Dom Brown is a franchise prospect. He’s going to be way better than anyone in the entire Jays system.

5 years 1 month ago

I love how you speak in absolutes like that. Travis Snider was 18 months younger than Brown when he tore up the PCL last year, and was 30 months younger when he had similar success in the IL over 2/3rds of the ABs.

5 years 1 month ago

Nothing is absolute. And normally I don’t speak in absolutes, so thanks for calling me on that. To explain myself, when I said the “system”, I was not including Snider as I consider him on the big team.

phillies2412
5 years 1 month ago

Phillies wouldn’t do it.

5 years 1 month ago

lol

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Phillies would just go after Tejada rather then give up anything of significance for Bautista.

I say the cost is low because I’m pretty sure most around the league realize that Bautista isn’t that great of a player and is just having a career year.

Singleton is untouchable apparently.

5 years 1 month ago

Then go get Tejada. The Philles like everyone else know the cost of Bau isn’t low because AGAIN, if AA isn’t getting a blue-chip – he isn’t trading him.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

If he wants a blue chip prospect then Bautista will be a Blue Jay. No chance of that happening.

5 years 1 month ago

Cool, that’s what I’ve been saying bro. But it’s a fallacy to say that the cost is low.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

And exactly why is that? He leads the league in HR and leads the league in no-doubters. He has a great arm and versatile and gets on base often. He is cheap and is under control for another year and likely won’t get much more than 5-6. I doubt the Jays will be asking for a top 25 prospect, but somewhere between the range of 50-75 is fairy reasonable otherwise Jays will keep him. He is becoming a fan favorite anyways.

5 years 1 month ago

Thats funny. How dare AA ask for a blue chipper in return for the homerun leader who has the best arm of any right fielder in baseball…..

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Best arm in RF? Are we forgetting Werth, Upton, Cruz, etc?

johnsmith4
5 years 1 month ago

Bautista has the most outfield assist while only playing 70 games in the outfield…so…no…we haven’t forgotten Werth, Upton, Cruz, and so on when we remember Bautista has more outfield assists than them

5 years 1 month ago

i’d stack him up against any of those guys, its not just his arm strength, but the accuracy as well. he’s making jays fans reminisce about jesse barfield from the ’80’s.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

If we’re talking purely arm strength in RF don’t forget Frenchy, the guy has an absolute cannon. Too bad he can’t do anything else right.

5 years 1 month ago

Watch the highlight of JoBau gunning down Markakis at 3rd base on a sac fly from Tuesday’s game if you want an idea of how strong the guy’s arm is. Upton throws like a girl compared to him.

5 years 1 month ago

Thats funny. How dare AA ask for a blue chipper in return for the homerun leader who has the best arm of any right fielder in baseball…..

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

I still think Tejada is going to be placed on waivers.

zolttt
5 years 1 month ago

singleton just probably went to houston

drumzalicious
5 years 1 month ago

They could use Bautista in the OF and still trade Werth.

If the Phillies get Bautista AND Oswalt then Frank Wren better do something big. Wasn’t Markakis rumored to be available?

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t remember hearing any rumors of Markakis being available, and if there were any I doubt it’s true. The O’s have him locked up through 2014 with a club option on 2015 (but Markakis can void the option and forfeit the buyout if it’s exercised) and he’s the kind of guy you’d like to keep around, even though he’s cooled off since that 6+ WAR season back in ’08.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

i have interest in Megan Fox. Doesn’t mean its gonna happen.

5 years 1 month ago

“Doesn’t mean its gonna happen. ”

Kind of like your profile picture.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

:) Photoshop is a wonderful thing

5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, considering how Dobbs is starting to come around and Ransom keeps hitting a bunch of homeruns there’s no reason to pick up another 3rd baseman.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

Any team that throws Ransom fastballs are fools. I couldnt believe that he slammed that slider the other night.

grant77
5 years 1 month ago

Singleton, Gose and May would probably get the Jays thinking, not sure if it would get a deal done though.

5 years 1 month ago

AA would take that in a heartbeat, he isn’t JP.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Are you saying one of them or all three?

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t think it could be done for one of them but perhaps 2/3 wouldn’t be that bad. Those 3 for Bautista would be an overpayment IMO.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Singleton will be a top 25-50 prospect next season and Gose and May will be Top 100….I’d fight Amaro if he even considered such an offer.

We could probably get Oswalt for that deal.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

If prospects like May and Gose then the top 100 prospect list would have to be extended. I think Singleton could be a 40-50 prospect which is what Jays would want in a deal for Bautista.

I think for Oswalt you would need more prospects. I don’t think A ball prospects get it done. They would likely want someone that is close to big league ready.

grant77
5 years 1 month ago

All three of course. Singleton is the top 50 prospect a guy like Bautista would command, May and Gose are nowhere near top 100 but would be nice pieces to add into the deal.

ju1ced
5 years 1 month ago

Downs and Bautista to SF for a huge haul.

5 years 1 month ago

What huge haul? They have even less in the way of prospects than the Phillies.

5 years 1 month ago

In before MADISON BUMGARNER n BUSTER POSEY

5 years 1 month ago

No deal! Only if they throw in the prison rights to Angel Villalona!

5 years 1 month ago

Were not talking about the Nats here!

5 years 1 month ago

Ya this isnt happening. Im sure the Phillies called in and asked about the price on a few players like Downs and Marcum. Pitching is definitely what they’re after.

5 years 1 month ago

Marcum probably has the most value of all 3.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Phillies would give up a blue chip prospect for Downs as bullpen is a need.

bevothephenom
5 years 1 month ago

one of 2 things is happening

1.utleys injury is worse than expected
2. the blue jays know this is a fluke(like most of the MLB) and are selling him at top value

if i were AA id be pushing a deal for him pronto

5 years 1 month ago

I am just curious how everybody knows it is a fluke? Does the guy really have enough career ABs to point to his career numbers? (not to mention that regular playing time and confidence thing). I’m not saying he is a sure bet, but I don’t get why every is so confident that its some kind of luck. It is as if people want him to fail.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

He’s a career .240 hitter who never hit more then 13 Hrs in a season.

Encarnacion's Parrot
5 years 1 month ago

Counting numbers and batting averages? Ugh..

But yes, his SLG% is way above his career average, as is his .ISO. His HR/FB% is up too.

malcolmec
5 years 1 month ago

Well sometimes guys go up and don’t come back down. It’s called becoming a better player.

Encarnacion's Parrot
5 years 1 month ago

Players get better with progression [usually]. But having his SLG% all of a sudden jump up .160 above his career average? Or his .ISO being .130 above his career norm? It just seems inhuman, especially after being in the bigs for 6-7 years.

If he remains a Blue Jay and does this again next season, then I’m a believer.

5 years 1 month ago

it’s because he’s playing everyday now. He never got the opportunity to play every day. It’s like telling the Red Sox they were dumb for signing Marco Scutaro after a “career” year. Some players just get left under the rug until a team gives them a shot. Bautista is getting his chance to show what he can do.

TheodoreRoosevelt
5 years 1 month ago

There’s that, and I also think there is an over-reliance on past stats.

Got to remember that a lot of the people judging Bautista on these threads have not actually watched him much, if at all. There are just the stats and, sure enough, Bautista has come out of nowhere.

But then there are those of us who have watched him since last September, when he spent a month crushing the ball out of the park. Then in Spring Training. And now, for pretty much the entire season. This coupled with outstanding defence and versatility.

I just don’t see how he could regress that much. He’s at a prime age, his arm and versatility are going nowhere, and at worst, his homers drop to the 20 – 25 range which is more than tolerable.

He’s a terrific asset, and I really wouldn’t be upset to see him as the long-term solution at 3B for the Jays.

TheodoreRoosevelt
5 years 1 month ago

There’s that, and I also think there is an over-reliance on past stats.

Got to remember that a lot of the people judging Bautista on these threads have not actually watched him much, if at all. There are just the stats and, sure enough, Bautista has come out of nowhere.

But then there are those of us who have watched him since last September, when he spent a month crushing the ball out of the park. Then in Spring Training. And now, for pretty much the entire season. This coupled with outstanding defence and versatility.

I just don’t see how he could regress that much. He’s at a prime age, his arm and versatility are going nowhere, and at worst, his homers drop to the 20 – 25 range which is more than tolerable.

He’s a terrific asset, and I really wouldn’t be upset to see him as the long-term solution at 3B for the Jays.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

He started 140 games back in ’07, so he has gotten the opportunity to play everyday. Now, that was 3 years ago and really his first time starting almost every game, so he could’ve been adjusting/going through growing pains, and now he’s over those growing pains. I’m still on the fence whether or not he’s truly legitimate, but he is making a very strong case so far this season.

5 years 1 month ago

it’s because he’s playing everyday now. He never got the opportunity to play every day. It’s like telling the Red Sox they were dumb for signing Marco Scutaro after a “career” year. Some players just get left under the rug until a team gives them a shot. Bautista is getting his chance to show what he can do.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

he’s hitting .240 now, and had 16 hr’s in a season. His BABip is also lower then his career average, which indicates if anything he’s been unlucky this year not lucky… The only difference is twofold, 1)he is hitting more fly balls off right handed pitching. 2) His FO-HR ratio is up 7%. . So he’s hitting righties better, he’s hitting more fly balls against them, and more of them are leaving the park.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

he’s hitting .240 now, and had 16 hr’s in a season. His BABip is also lower then his career average, which indicates if anything he’s been unlucky this year not lucky… The only difference is twofold, 1)he is hitting more fly balls off right handed pitching. 2) His FO-HR ratio is up 7%. . So he’s hitting righties better, he’s hitting more fly balls against them, and more of them are leaving the park.

TheodoreRoosevelt
5 years 1 month ago

Bautista’s value is undoubtedly as high as it will ever get, but I’m in the growing band that doesn’t think it’s a “fluke”.

The thing that’s often overlooked is that he is versatile in the field (3B or RF, and probably anywhere else in the outfield), and has a cannon arm with laser-guided precision. All his coaches say that, yes, they’re surprised he’s done this well, but his power is legitimate.

Maybe he’s just a guy for whom it has all come together. He killed it last September when he got his first regular playing time, killed it in spring training, and is killing it in the 2010 season. He may not lead the league in home runs next season, but I think he’s here to stay as a genuinely strong piece of any MLB team.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

I think his value is in his versatility….I don’t think he’s a 30 HR guy though.

Also in regards to The Phils farms system and having the pieces. They’ll system will probably be ranked pretty high…but most of their guys are in A ball.

zeroes
5 years 1 month ago

He already IS a 30 HR guy though. Has hit 40 HR in the last calendar year, and could be a 50 HR guy by the end of this season. Yes, his stats as a raw rule 5 pick in the majors and his time on the bench for the Pirates and Jays have some bearing. But the tools have always been there, and you can’t just ignore this season’s numbers either.

zeroes
5 years 1 month ago

He already IS a 30 HR guy though. Has hit 40 HR in the last calendar year, and could be a 50 HR guy by the end of this season. Yes, his stats as a raw rule 5 pick in the majors and his time on the bench for the Pirates and Jays have some bearing. But the tools have always been there, and you can’t just ignore this season’s numbers either.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

if he gets traded to philly, i could easily see him hitting 30 hr’s again next year.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

if he gets traded to philly, i could easily see him hitting 30 hr’s again next year.

deere5800
5 years 1 month ago

I’d go with 2…only because I have Utley on my fantasy team and desperately need him back

TheodoreRoosevelt
5 years 1 month ago

I can’t see the Phillies having the pieces to secure Bautista or Downs (presumably Dom Brown is off-limits even in a major trade). Frasor could probably be picked up cheaply enough though.