1:57pm: SNY’s Andy Martino tweets that it’s “likely” the two sides will work something out, but there’s no agreement believed to be close just yet. Fancred’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Mets have told the Phillies they won’t simply let Bautista go on waivers, so it seems the two sides will have to match up on a minor leaguer or at least agree to a group of names from which the Mets can select a player to be named later.
1:47pm: The Phillies have claimed Mets outfielder Jose Bautista on revocable trade waivers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The two sides are discussing a deal and have until tomorrow to complete a swap, Rosenthal adds. Technically, the Mets could also just let Bautista go to the Phillies, though with the Mets only paying him the league-minimum rate, there wouldn’t be any real cost-savings associated with doing so; they’d have to replace him by calling up another player earning at that same rate.
Bautista, 37, started out hot after signing with the Mets, hitting at a .266/.438/.506 pace with three homers and 10 doubles through his first 105 plate appearances with his new club. However, his offensive production cratered over the next few months, and he’s posted a dismal .178/.306/.307 slash in 193 plate appearances since that time. As Rosenthal points out, he’s swung the bat a bit better as of late, getting on base at a .368 clip over the past two weeks, but the veteran slugger simply hasn’t produced much since the calendar flipped to July.
Then again, the Phillies may not be looking at Bautista as much more than a right-handed pinch-hitting option to carry throughout the month of September once rosters expand. He wouldn’t cost them anything more than the pro-rated minimum, and it’s likely that the cost of acquisition would be negligible.
The Phils don’t have much in the way of right-handed bench bats on the current roster, nor do they possess many intriguing right-handed-hitting options at the upper levels of their minor league ranks. Aaron Altherr figures to rejoin the club, and Trevor Plouffe is still in the organization, but neither has been demonstrably better than Bautista at the plate in 2018. Journeyman Matt McBride and 26-year-old Joey Meneses are other righty bats who’ve had some success in Triple-A this season, but the roster could be expanded to give manager Gabe Kapler multiple options. Ultimately, so long as the Phillies don’t need to give up anything of real substance, there’s little harm in adding Bautista and his overall .340 OBP to the bench — even if the addition doesn’t do much to move the move the needle as the Phillies try to make up ground in both the NL East (3 games back) and the NL Wild Card race (2 games back).
Who would have thought Jose Bautista would get traded for an asset. Phillies and Mets matching up well with trades
Asset? The Phillies will give up a broken ice machine, and the Mets will think that it was a steal (taking nothing from Bautista’s ability, just the Mets’ ability to make a decent deal).
If happens haven’t played on Marlins or Nats yet this year.
If Bautista goes to the Phillies they would have Jose Bautista and Jose Alfaro. Jose A and Jose B.
Now they just need to convince Jose canseco to make a comeback
do they Jose Reyes?
“do they Jose Reyes?”
Missing something? Like a verb.
Do is a verb. Just do it.
Jorge Alfaro, not Jose.
Almost like having “OP” warming up in the bullpen but getting “OT” instead…
Jorge Alfaro. Not Jose Alfaro
It’s Jorge Alfaro, not Jose Alfaro
so close….not really
Hey, did anybody tell you it’s Jorge Alfaro and not Jose Alfaro? I can’t believe nobody told you yet!
What did the Mexican firefighter name his twin boys?
Hose A and Hose B
Well that was embarrassing. Steve do me a favor and delete this comment for me. I knew it was Jorge but something kept telling me it was Jose.
Use the internet. Don’t listen to the voices.
Damn this dude just hopping around the NL East
It’s Jorge Alfaro…
I don’t see a real need here. We already have three defensively limited power hitters. Hoskins, Santana and Bour- and no DH spot. I know it wont cost anything but is it really worth the roster spot?
If he’s essentially free, and the rosters expand, why not? It could be more for veteran and playoff experience than a real bat.
Yeah but this defensively limited guy isn’t a power hitter anymore…
His surprisingly played solid defense with Mets and has decent arm. He plays outfield corners and third base.
1.2 WAR this season.
He’s veteran status makes him valuable to young Mets hitters and he’s been big mentor to Rosario whose learned a lot from him as a recent article in a NY Paper disclosed..
You’re right that is surprising and I had to look it up to make sure. Some he does equate to a 1.2 WAR which will lead many to wonder just how flawed that equation is:
Being a veteran doesn’t automatically make someone valuable to the younger guys.
he actually looked good at both third and first in the recent series against the Phils so maybe that influenced them- and with Bour out, a guy who can pinch hit with a shot to put one out, which they dont have right now.
You’re right and somehow people always think guys are great clubhouse guys and tutor the youngsters…sure, taking your replacement under your wing is not everyone’s MO.
Why not just activate Kapler? It not like the bar has been set high.
The article even mentions two players the Phillies already have on the roster who are just as pathetic. Why not go with your own?
Why pick up this guy when he is not hitting?
“Leadership” or something.
He’ll show the bat flip/walk-off home run and say, “Do more of that!” Just like Greinke did with Alex Gordon years back.
I’m sure it was just a block to keep him out of Milwaukee.
They’re still looking for a third baseman.
3B..yeah..to play SS
Just asking, did anyone make a correction that it’s Jorge instead of Jose? Just checking for acarneglia…
Bautista will be the new bat flipping coach.
Or sparring partner taking punches to the face…
Odubel Herrera already has that covered
The Phillies should acquire Bautista. The minor leaguer they give up won’t ever make it above Double A.
“The Phils don’t have much in the way of right-handed bench bats on the current roster, nor do they possess many intriguing right-handed-hitting options at the upper levels of their minor league ranks.”
Well… Bautista will certainly fit right in, then…
I’ve never quite understood the ptbnl thing. So the Phillies put together a list of mediocre minor leaguers to choose one from and the Mets choose one later. Why not choose one now? Get them in the system and figure out where they will assign said player for next season.
maybe to give the Mets a chance to look at each players stats/career so far and THEN they make a decision
Because getting 2 days to deeply examine the future of a minor leaguer that you aren’t deeply familiar with is a big deal. I’m sure front officing at the MLB level is harder than just looking at a dude with a 3.50 ERA in A ball and thinking hes the future.
And figuring out what the scouts that are responsible for such player Darwin him and see on his growth and if he’ll ever get there.
Not “Darwin” but “actually saw”…damn spellcheck.
That was a pretty bizarre spellcheck change!!
“saw in” became “Darwin”
It just means the Mets never thought they would have to be looking at the bottom 100 of the Phillies prospects!
Jose Alfaro can play SS or 3B with the Brewers
“Jose Alfaro” is an anagram for “jars of aloe”, so he’s probably pretty smooth, whoever he is.
Sixto should get the deal done
Marc (Phillies Phan)
Sixto = deGrom
Joey Bag of Balls
What’s the point??
JoeyBats can be clutch.
He has to guess at the plate at this point in his career and he can’t get around on the high 95+ 4 seamers anymore. Those were candy to him in the past. But he can still be a very good piece.
Although I don’t know why the Mets would want any kind of serious prospect, this deal needs to happen right away unless the Mets are being stupid.