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.
Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani put on a show during Saturday’s matinee against the Cubs. Up 2-1 in the third inning, the hurler hooked a Brian Duensing fastball over the left field fence for his first career home run — and first career grand slam:
Grand slams are impressive no matter the player or situation, but they’re made all the more special in rare circumstances like this one. Not only is DeSclafani the first pitcher to deliver a grand slam in 2018, but he’s the first Reds hurler to do so in nearly 60 years. Per MLB.com’s Brian Scott Rippee, right-hander Bob Purkey was the last to hit a slam for the Reds in 1959, when he took Cubs reliever John Buzhardt deep in the third inning of a 12-3 drubbing.
The 28-year-old righty had a decent outing on the mound as well, holding the Cubs to two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings before passing the ball to reliever Michael Lorenzen. Entering Saturday, he carried a 2-1 record in three games, with a 4.60 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — not too shabby for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016.
The Reds currently lead 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh.