Jose Bautista’s most recent foray into free agency certainly didn’t last as long as his last one.
Bautista and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday after the veteran slugger was released by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bautista is active for Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. Third baseman Phillip Evans was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.
Bautista went 5-for-35 (.143) at the plate for the Braves after being called up on May 4 to take over as the everyday third baseman. He had two home runs and five RBIs in 12 games.
The 37-year-old Bautista went unsigned as a free agent all winter after departing the Toronto Blue Jays following more than nine seasons with the club. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves in mid-April.
Bautista was primarily a right fielder during his tenure in Toronto, where he hit 288 of his 333 career home runs. He hit 40 or more homers in a season on three occasions, topped by a career-best 54 in 2010, when he also had a career-high 124 RBIs.
With the Mets, Bautista will provide a right-handed bat to balance out the team’s all-lefty outfield. With Yoenis Cespedes (hip) on the disabled list and Juan Lagares (toe) believed to be out for the season, the Mets are using Brandon Nimmo in left field, Michael Conforto in centre and Jay Bruce in right.