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Jose Bautista traded from Mets to Phillies

Jose Bautista

The Philadelphia Phillies claimed Jose Bautista off of revocable trade waivers recently, and they were able to work out a deal with the New York Mets to acquire the slugging outfielder.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets and Phillies agreed to a deal just before their deadline on Tuesday afternoon.

Sherman added that the trade made sense for the Mets because they probably wouldn’t have room for Bautista with Jay Bruce now back and Brandon Nimmo returning.

Bautista is 37 and hitting just .196 on the year, but the Phillies must feel he can add some depth as they try to reach the postseason. Bautista showed that he still has some pop when he hit 22 home runs with the Toronto Blue Jays a year ago, but he batted just .203 and his numbers have been rapidly sinking each year. He has 11 homers and 42 RBI in 95 games with the Mets and Atlanta Braves this season.

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