The New York Mets have traded outfielder Jose Bautista to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash. The Phillies claimed Bautista on revocable waivers yesterday, and the two teams had until 1:00 PM today to work out a deal.
Bautista appeared in 83 games for the Mets after they signed him on May 22. He amassed 245 at-bats and hit .204/.351/.367 with nine home runs and a 104 wRC+. Despite the possibility of a trade, Bautista found himself in the starting lineup last night against the Chicago Cubs. In his last game for the Mets, he went hitless in three at-bats with a walk.
Bautista will move on to play for his third National League East team in 2018 and will join former Met Asdrubal Cabrera, whom the Mets traded to Philadelphia earlier this year. The Phillies currently find themselves three-and-a-half games back in the National League East and two-and-a-half games back for the second Wild Card spot heading into play tonight.
Bautista’s departure will open up a spot on the 25-man roster for Brandon Nimmo, who will likely be activated from the disabled list later today, according to Anthony DiComo. Nimmo has missed a total of 12 games with a bruised left index finger. Major League Baseball’s waiver trade deadline is this Friday, August 31.