Phillies have Acquired José Bautista from the New York Mets
The Phillies have added one more bat, after last month’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Philadelphia has acquired veteran infielder/outfielder José Bautista from the New York Mets, for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Bautista, 37, is signed until the end of the season and will provide more depth to the Phillies bench for the final month of the season, as they look to contend for the N.L. East crown. With Justin Bour currently on the disabled list, the Phillies needed to add another power bat off-the-bench.
In that role this season, Bautista has excelled, coming off the bench as either a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement, he is hitting .350 (7-20) with 11 RBI and a 1.112 OPS. With runners in scoring position, Bautista is batting .284 with six doubles, three home runs and 31 RBI.
A six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Bautista has combined to hit .196 (55-280) with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, 42 RBI, 56 walks and a .339 on-base percentage in 95 games for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets this season.
To make room for Bautista on the 40-man roster, right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment. A corresponding 25-man roster move will be made once Bautista reports.