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Mets trade Jose Bautista to the Phillies

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The Phillies have acquired Jose Bautista from the Mets for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bautista will be a bench bat for the Phillies. Perhaps, if he’s used more sparingly and in optimal matchups, he could be an effective situational bopper against lefties. Or maybe that’s just fantasyland stuff given that his splits don’t show him hitting all that much better against them this year than against righties. Heck, it’s not been that pronounced for his whole career when you really look at it.

Still, it’s another bat for Gabe Kapler which, four days from now, when rosters open up, will not create any kind of roster crunch. He could be worth it for the Phillies even if he only gets one or two key hits in the season’s final month.

For the whole season Bautista is hitting .196/.339/.364 with 11 homers for the Braves and Mets. Now on his third NL East team on the season, he’s a trade to the Nats and a trade from the Marlins away from the, um, quint-fecta?

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.