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Heyman | Mets agree to deal with Jose Bautista

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May 18, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista (23) warms up during batting practice before their game against the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets and free agent outfielder/third baseman Jose Bautista have agreed to a deal, sources confirm to FRS Sports. Anthony DiComo of was the first to report a deal between the two sides was close.

Bautista, 37, was released by the Braves over the weekend just barely more than a month after signing with the team. He appeared in 12 games for Atlanta, going 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs and five RBI.

The move makes sense for a Mets team currently hobbled at both of Bautista’s positions, with outfielder Juan Lagares out for the year and Yoenis Cespedes hobbled, and third baseman Todd Frazier on the DL.

Bautista, who’d spent the last nine-pus seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, went through the entire winter and spring and into the season’s first month without getting a deal after his contract with Toronto expired at the end of last season, one in which the six-time All-Star hit just .203/.308/.366 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI. The triple-slash line marked his lowest numbers across the board since his early days with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and others.

Bautista struggled early in his career with the Orioles, Rays, Pirates and Royals before turning himself into a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate in Toronto, perhaps best known for his iconic bat flip during Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for the FRS Sports Network, the home for his breaking news, information and his weekly Inside Baseball column on FRS Baseball. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009. Heyman previously worked for CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Newsday in New York and Sporting News, among other outlets. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, New Mexico native grew up in Cedarhurst, New York, on Long Island.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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  1. Rob

    May 22, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Figures the Mets would sign the biggest D in all of baseball

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