Phillies trade for former all-star Jose Bautista
The former all-star Bautista is now a Philadelphia Philly. That is Bautista’s third NL East team this season. Starting with the Braves. Then signed by the Mets and now the Phillies.
The former Blue Jay has a career slash line of .247/.361/.475. In contrast, Bautista’s best playing days are behind him. But, still provides quality at-bats and gets on base a respectable amount.
Furthermore, by trading for Bautista the Phillies add a three-time silver slugger award winner to bolster the bench. Obviously, Bautista is not the same hitter he once was. Thus, only hitting .196 this season.
However, Bautista brings a veteran perspective to a ballclub full of young talent. While also providing power from the right side of the plate.
He's not the player he once was, but the Phillies have nothing to lose by claiming Jose Bautista
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 27, 2018
Since the Phillies find themselves in their first pennant race since 2011, striving for a post-season birth in eight years. Adding a player like Bautista is a wise move. Like I said before he brings a veteran presence alongside Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana. Nevertheless, Bautista knows the uphill battles the Phillies face to get to and win in the postseason.
Bautista is no stranger to the postseason. In contrast who could forget his epic go-ahead three-run homer in ALDS game five against the Texas Rangers.
In conclusion, adding a player with 342 home runs and a respectable on-base percentage bolsters a talented ball club looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2011. Bautista could be the final piece the Phillies need to end the seven-year drought.
What are your thoughts? Is Bautista the right fit for the fighting Phils? Would you rather the Phillies target someone else? Let me know in the comments below.
Lastly, welcome to the Philadelphia Phillies Joeybats!