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?
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.