Mets Sign Veteran Slugger Bautista
The New York Mets have added a veteran bat to the lineup in the form of outfielder Jose Bautista.
The longtime Toronto Blue Jay didn't garner much attention this offseason as a free agent, but did land with the Atlanta Braves for a brief stint before being cut this past weekend. Bautista debuted with the Mets on Tuesday night, smacking a double is his first at bat, then later scoring on a sacrifice fly to account for New York's only run in a 5-1 loss to Miami.
The 37-year-old clubbed a combined 97 home runs in 2010 and 2011, and while his production and batting average have plummeted since, he still can provide some pop to the Mets' anemic offense.
In each year since 2012, Bautista has hit at least 20 home runs and driven-in at least 65 runs. It's a much needed presence in a lineup that is currently without several starting and frequent players like Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, Kevin Plawecki and Juan Lagares. Meanwhile, the team isn't getting the production they expected from Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce - who've combined for a total of 7 HRs and 27 RBIs this season.