Adding Bautista Could Mean End For Reyes

If there’s an indictment of the Mets’ cupboard farm system, it is this: They’ve agreed to terms with former six-time All-Star Jose Bautista, who was cast off by the Braves two days ago.

With Juan Lagares (toe injury and out for the season) and Yoenis Cespedes (strained right hip flexor), and an outfield full of lefty hitters, the Mets will be taking a flier of Bautista, who was hitting .143 with two homers and 12 games for the Braves.

BAUTISTA: Another bat added. (AP)

BAUTISTA: Another bat added. (AP)

Over his 15-year career, Bautista is a career .249 hitter, but with 333 homers and 923 RBI. He’s best known, however, for flipping his bat in the playoffs and his brawl with Rangers infielder Rougned Odur (he was cold-cocked in the brawl).

Although signed to as an outfielder, Bautista was playing third base for Atlanta. The signing could mean the end of Jose Reyes second tenure with the Mets. Reyes was in the Mets’ lineup for tonight’s game against Miami, but his playing time has been limited lately.

Reyes, who enters tonight’s game in a 2-for-22 slump, hears the whispers he could be DFA’s soon.

“The only thing I can control is to continue to work,’’ Reyes said. “Last year, I went through a similar situation, but it was a little bit different because last year I had the opportunity to play a little bit more. I can just do my work and routine and try to put my swing together. … It’s not a surprise to because I haven’t been playing too much. That’s nothing new. Whatever happens, happens.’’

Recently-promoted Infield prospect Luis Guillorme started at third base Monday. With the Mets opting to carry 13 pitchers and four role players, Guillorme could be sent down the Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Bautista.

However, if the Mets continue to carry 13 pitchers it stands to reason they could swap out Bautista for Reyes.


3 thoughts on “Adding Bautista Could Mean End For Reyes

  1. Why stay stuff that is in complete contradiction to what Callaway said yesterday about Reyes?

  2. If Reyes gets cut it will be because of poor performance and nothing to do with Bautista who’s taking Lagares’s outfield spot. When Frazier returns, Guillorme can be sent down. When Cespedes returns, Mets drop a pitcher and return to 5-man bench. Bautista is not a middle infield threat to Reyes. Reyes is threat to Reyes if he doesn’t get it together perhaps by the time TJ Rivera is ready to return – or is outplayed by Guillorme over time.

    With Reyes’s long history and love of Mets, he’ll get a longer leash than an outsider might get.

    He also had terrible first half last season, and then rebounded rather nicely. Any rebound this season will have to come during less playing time.

    • Well considered LTF. I was at that season’s final game when Reye’s bunted for 1st inning hit and then came out to protect some meaningless title. Never liked him before – especially having to endure the JOSE chant constantly, and certainly not after. If he were not bargain basement player he would be in the stands not on the field.