Jose Bautista clarified this week in an interview on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio that he's not necessarily aiming to return as a two-way player.
Bautista worked out as a pitcher over the winter, but that was mostly as a throwing partner for friend Marcus Stroman. "I’ve never stated that it was my plan or desire to make it to the big leagues as a big league pitcher," Bautista said. "I’m a hitter. … I would entertain an opportunity to get back to the big leagues as a hitter. … If somebody calls me and says, ’Hey, you want to be a two-way guy?’ I’d be a fool to say no. That’s kind of the way I look at it." The 39-year-old did not play baseball at any professional level in 2019, but he could probably get a shot somewhere in 2020 if rosters are expanded and a universal DH is implemented to account for a creatively-shortened schedule. Apr 23 9:29 am (EST)
- Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that Jose Bautista worked out as a pitcher this winter in hopes of returning as a two-way player.
- Bautista went 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs Sunday in the Phillies' 3-1 win over the Braves.
- The Mets traded Bautista to the Phillies on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. All José Bautista (R) News
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2019 SEASON STATS
|Sep 30||L 3 - 1||@ PHI||3||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||1.417|
|Sep 29||L 3 - 0||@ PHI||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.500|
|Sep 28||W 10 - 2||@ PHI||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sep 27||L 5 - 3||@ COL||2||1||0||0||1||1||1||1||2.667|
|Sep 25||L 10 - 3||@ COL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Sep 24||L 10 - 1||@ COL||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Sep 23||L 2 - 1||@ ATL||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Sep 22||L 5 - 3||@ ATL||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Sep 21||L 6 - 5||@ ATL||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.000|
|Sep 19||L 4 - 0||@ PHI||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||1.500|