Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday that the Blue Jays placed outfielder Jose Bautista on revocable waivers. As mentioned here, this comes as no surprise as teams often place their expensive, under-performing veterans on waivers in August.
Bautista, 36, is having arguably the worst season of his career, batting .216/.325/.381 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 471 plate appearances. At the very least, he’s been healthy, having appeared in 107 of the Jays’ 108 games.
Bautista is owed the remainder of his $18.5 million salary for the 2017 season. He has mutual options worth $17 million in 2018 and $20 million in 2019 that can become guaranteed by reaching playing time benchmarks. He also has a full no-trade clause. Expect Bautista to pass through waivers unclaimed. If the Jays do find a trade partner afterwards, Bautista could be willing to waive his no-trade clause to play for a playoff contender.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.