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Mets: Five players likely to get traded prior to July 31st deadline

By Chris Rocco
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /
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#3 – Jose Bautista

It seems as if there some gas left in the tank for Jose Bautista. When the Atlanta Braves released Bautista, the Mets took a gamble and thus far it has paid off in huge dividends. Bautista is hitting .253 with 23 hits in just 38 games (As of 6/5).

He has even shown glimpses of his old self – the player that hit 227 home runs from 2010-2015. No other player eclipsed the 200 home run mark during that five-year span.

Perhaps the most impressive stat is his ability to get on base. Between hits and walks, Bautista has been on base 51 times in just 38 games for the Mets. His 28 walks have been valuable to the Mets as he has proven to be a knack for getting on base (As of 6/5).

Any player with impressive career numbers like Bautista will warrant some attention at the trading deadline. With his recent numbers with the Mets, this becomes even truer.

As previously noted by Rising Apple, Bautista could provide some nice depth and a veteran presence to a contending team. His career numbers should be enough to scare opposing pitchers into walking him.

It is highly unlikely that Bautista will be with the club in 2019 considering his contract situation and age, so it would be wise for the Mets to ship him somewhere while his value is as high as it will be for some promising low-ball prospect.

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