Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are potentially interested in signing 3B/OF Jose Bautista.
Bautista, 37, was released by the Braves on Sunday. He played in 12 major league games this season, batting a disappointing .143/.250/.343 with a pair of home runs and five RBI across 40 plate appearances. Mostly an outfielder during his days with the Blue Jays, Bautista played third base for the Braves.
Mets third baseman Todd Frazier has been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, so Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes have been handling the position in his absence. Reyes has really struggled, posting a .367 OPS over 56 PA. Additionally, the Mets are also light on outfielders as Yoenis Cespedes is on the DL with a hip injury and Juan Lagares is expected to miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Bautista could add depth both at third base and in the outfield.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.