Per reports, free agent outfielder Jose Bautista is on the radar as a potential target for the “open-minded” Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dominican and biggest bat on the free agent market may be coming off an off-year/injury-plagued season. Read more on why Jose Bautista is the perfect fit for The Phillies…
If you’re wonder why the Dominican and biggest bat on the free agent market, Jose Bautista is the right choice let us give you some pin-points.
Here are the 4 reasons why the 36-year-old slugger remains a near-perfect fit for the Phillies:
- Jose Bautista is a versatile MLB player since he can surely play a corner outfield spot, first base or third base. Plus, he won’t be blocking any of the Phillies near-MLB-ready prospects from getting on the field.
- The 36-year-old Bautista averaged 38 homers and 97 RBIs per season for the Blue Jays from 2010 to 2015. Bautista established himself as one of the Toronto Blue Jays premiere power hitters in the last seven years. He slipped off in the last two years.
- His power swing would fit in nicely at cozy Citizens Bank Park. Thus, being an asset to the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Last, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said the team has the “financial support” to add another bat.
What Jose Bautista is up against?
The only questions are “who will the Philadelphia Phillies sign as their new bat Currently, the New York Mets are shopping Jay Bruce, and free agents Michael Saunders and Brandon Moss are also reportedly the other choices for the Phillies. Who will become the new MLB bat for the Phillies?
Meanwhile, Fox Sports [via ESPN], Ken Rosenthal cautions that Bautista is “a less-likely option” given the Phillies are reluctant. It means they’d have to surrender a draft pick. If the accompany any signing, that would mean that the Phillies would lose only a second-rounder, since their first-round pick is protected. That is if they signed Bautista, so it looks like it may be an uphill battle for him.
We feel Jose Bautista has the best chances since he is the most versatile player for the team, but we must wait and see.