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Report: Mets interested in Jose Bautista

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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.

Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts on the season

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.

Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.

At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.