Eight years after he clubbed 54 home runs, the Mets have signed Jose Bautista now that he is affordable and over-the-hill.
The Braves took a chance on the 37-year-old and cut him after he hit .143 in 12 games. Bautista confirmed his .203 batting average in 2017 was no fluke (he did hit 23 home runs last year, but then again, everyone hit 20+ homers last year).
Yet Sandy Alderson, desperate for a right-handed hitting outfielder, is taking what he must see is a low-risk, high-reward gamble.
First Adrian Gonzalez, now Jose Bautista. The Mets are building a Murderer’s Row — if only this were 2010.