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Jose Bautista | Third Baseman | #23

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 20 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Jose Bautista is starting in left field and batting fifth for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Bautista caught a flight to New York this afternoon and officially signed his one-year major league contract with the Mets upon his arrival at Citi Field. The 37-year-old hit two home runs in 12 games with the Braves before they released him on Sunday, but he also had a poor .143/.250/.343 overall batting line. This version of Joey Bats is not worth consideration in standard mixed fantasy leagues. May 22 - 6:53 PM

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Mets signed OF Jose Bautista to a one-year contract.

This came together quickly, as Bautista is already in New York and will be active for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins. He got a major league deal from the Mets despite batting .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances on a minor league pact with the Braves. That just shows how desperate the Mets are for immediate right-handed corner outfield depth. We wouldn't expect the 37-year-old to carry any fantasy value in Queens.
May 22 - 5:55 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that the Mets have reached a deal with Jose Bautista.

It'll presumably be a minor league contract with performance incentives built in. Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 in 40 plate appearances and struggling defensively at third base, but the 37-year-old can provide some much-needed immediate corner outfield depth for New York. The deal should be official soon.
May 22 - 5:48 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Mets "will have a deal" with Jose Bautista.

It sounds like there are only a few minor details to sort out.'s Anthony DiComo was first to report that an agreement was close. Bautista batted just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances with the Braves and struggled defensively at third base, but he makes sense as immediate right-handed outfield depth for the Mets. There will be no fantasy upside here.
May 22 - 5:34 PM's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are working toward a deal with Jose Bautista.

DiComo notes, however, that the Mets are not the only team showing interest in Bautista, who was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances. It sounds like the 37-year-old will have a new home by the end of the day Tuesday. He would likely play the corner outfield in New York after struggling defensively at third base in his short time with Atlanta.
May 22 - 4:59 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "showing interest" in Jose Bautista.

Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after hitting just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances. The fit with the Mets makes some sense, as they're in need of outfield depth with Juan Lagares (toe) done for the season and Yoenis Cespedes (hip) also sidelined. Todd Frazier (hamstring) is also currently out, but his return doesn't appear to be far off and the Mets might not want Bautista to play any third base like the Braves did. It's possible Joey Bats might have to settle for another minor league contract.
May 21 - 5:43 PM

Braves released 3B/OF Jose Bautista.

It's an experiment that just never worked out, as Bautista unsurprisingly struggled defensively at third base and didn't do nearly enough with the bat (.143/.250/.343) to make up for it. Johan Camargo will take over as the everyday third baseman for the Braves. This could be the end of the line for the 37-year-old Bautista, although Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the veteran has a standing offer to join Triple-A Gwinnett if he's unable to catch on anywhere else.
May 20 - 10:14 AM

Jose Bautista went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Marlins.

Bautista hit safely in three straight games to begin his tenure with the Braves, but the veteran slugger has just two hits in his last 25 at-bats. Both of those hits were home runs, but there are better options to choose from in mixed fantasy leagues at this point.
May 18 - 11:05 PM

Jose Bautista struck out all three times up Tuesday in the loss to the Cubs.

Bautista homered in his previous two starts, but between the lack of range on defense and the modest start on offense, the Braves don't seem as optimistic about his chances of helping the team as they were a couple of weeks ago. He might sit tomorrow.
May 15 - 10:35 PM

Jose Bautista clubbed a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth inning of Monday's win over the Cubs.

Bautista's blast off of Jose Quintana turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead and the Braves wound up hanging on 6-5. The former Blue Jay has, not surprisingly, had defensive issues at third base and was removed for defense late in this one. He's also started just two of the last four games. However, Bautista has now gone deep in consecutive starts, which could give him some more leash.
May 14 - 6:07 PM

Jose Bautista is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

Bautista clubbed his first homer as a Braves on Saturday, but he's now been benched in favor of Ryan Flaherty in two of the last three contests. The 37-year-old is batting just .167/.286/.333 over his first 28 plate appearances.
May 13 - 10:59 AM

Jose Bautista hit his first home run as a member of the Braves in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Bautista got around on a Jarlin Garcia fastball, yanking it over the left field boards for a solo shot in sixth inning. It was his first homer this year, and he's just 4-for-24 through his first eight games with the Braves. He should be owned in NL-only leagues, but that's about as far as his clout goes these days.
May 13 - 12:30 AM

Jose Bautista is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Bautista is getting a breather following six straight starts after being added to the Braves' roster. He's hitting just .150/.292/.200 so far with his new team and manager Brian Snitker said Friday that he could mix Ryan Flaherty in more at third base. Flaherty is at the hot corner Friday.
May 11 - 3:08 PM

Jose Bautista will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Rays.

As expected with the DH available under American League rules. Charlie Culberson will get a start at third base.
May 8 - 1:57 PM

Jose Bautista went 1-for-4 with a double and a pair of strikeouts in his Braves debut Friday against the Giants.

Bautista, who was hitting fifth Friday, doubled off the wall in his first at-bat. The third base experiment was mostly uneventful, as he handled a couple of chances cleanly. It’s been a long time since he’s played third base regularly, but the Braves are hoping that he still has something left in the tank. He hit for power even in a disappointing year in 2017, so there are worse fliers out there in deeper formats.
May 5 - 12:25 AM

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C1Devin Mesoraco
2Kevin Plawecki
3Tomas Nido
4Travis d'Arnaud
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Phillip Evans
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Luis Guillorme
3B1Todd Frazier
2Wilmer Flores
3David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
3Brandon Nimmo
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Steven Matz
4Jason Vargas
5Zack Wheeler
6Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Hansel Robles
9Jacob Rhame
10Chris Flexen