Phillies close to landing Jose Bautista

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets didn't have a player like Dom Brown they could have traded to Toronto for Bautista

The Mets didn’t have a player like Dom Brown they could have traded to Toronto for Bautista

After adding Marlon Byrd in free agency Tuesday morning, the Phillies could be close to a blockbuster trade. According to Howard Eskin, the Phillies are deep in discussions to add OF Jose Bautista from the Blue Jays in exchange for All-Star Dominic Brown and a pitcher. The pitcher hasn’t been announced yet but it is unlikely to be Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle. It is a pitcher who is “close to big league ready.”

If this is true, and again it hasn’t been confirmed, it shows how much the Phillies are going for it. They finished with the same amount of wins as the Mets did and that was unacceptable for them. Whether this is a good move or not, they are actively trying to think outside the box on how to improve their team.

Dom Brown had a breakout year in 2013, cementing himself with an all-star bid. However he faded in the second half and it remains to be seen if he can put up the same kind of year in 2014. Brown also needs to improve his outfield play if he ever wants to become a big time player in this league.

Bautista is more of a known commodity at this point but comes at $14 million the next two years. If Bautista, who used to be a former Met farmhand, can go back to being the player he was in 2010-2011 the Mets along with the rest of the NL East could be in trouble here. If he is like the player he has been in 2012-2013, this could still be a very good trade for Philly.

Who got the better side of this deal?

UPDATED: Trade appears to have fallen through or may have just been a false report.

  1. Josh says:

    If the pitcher is any good at all, Jays were better off

  2. Mike Young says:

    Steve – So far, an all too familiar patern is unfolding. That is while the Mets GM sits and waits our rivals are acting quickly. Now the Phils have two bats more in their line up to for Mets pitchers to contend with. While the Mets sit and wait other teams already know what they want and have the resolve to go out and get it. Why are the Mets always so slow on the draw. The early bird does get the worm and the Mets again are not the early birds here. Until they learn how this signing game is played and know what the right thing to do is for the Mets and their fan base the Mets aren’t going to rise above mediocrity to be able to contend for a play off spot. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike I still haven’t found anyone willing to confirm this trade and it may not happen at all now. You are definitely right though, the Mets won’t get all their needs addressed unless they act quickly here…

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