The Mets are facing a challenge with the Non Waiver trade deadline fast approaching. Who do they trade? One option is Jose Bautista.
Jose Bautista has been pretty solid with the New York Mets but we know he won’t be coming back next year. It’s important for the team to at least get something in return for him instead of keeping him all year and seeing him leave or even retire.
His improved numbers are making it more and more likely that the team might be anle to find a trade partner for him.
Even when he was released by the Braves just weeks after being called up, Bautista was never a bad player. Yes, his average was really low, but most of his other numbers were pretty good.
His average through 12 games was just .143. That’s 60 points lower than what he hit in 2017, which was also the lowest he’s hit during his ten year career with the Blue Jays.
He couldn’t get on base, but when he did, he was powerful. During those 12 games, he hit two home runs and drove in five runs. Over the course of a 157 game season, which is how many games he played in last season, his Braves numbers would equate to 26 home runs, 65 RBI’s.
Those aren’t bad numbers and ever since he came to the Mets, he’s been even better. Through 38 games with the Mets, Bautista is hitting .252. He’s hit three home runs and ten doubles to go along with 14 RBI’s.
Whether he’s a starter or comes off the bench, he will have some value wherever he goes, similar to how Curtis Granderson went to the Dodgers last season with a low average and high power. But where could Bautista go?