The newest member of the Mets arrived just in time for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins and made an immediate impact.
Jose Bautista, recently released by the Braves, doubled in his first at-bat and scored the Mets' only run of the night. He batted fifth and started in left field.
Bautista flew from Tampa to New York in the afternoon to join the Mets, who were searching for a right-handed hitter to add depth in their depleted outfield.
"It was one of my wildest days in baseball," he said just hours after the Mets signed him to a one-year minor league contract. "I was sitting at home on the couch at 2 o'clock and at 6:30 I was walking in the clubhouse."
Bautista had played in 12 games this season for Atlanta, hitting .143 with two home runs and five RBI. Bautista hit .203 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI in 157 games for the Blue Jays last season.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Bautista would be playing "probably three times a week at least."
"We're going to use him to spell guys and get in there and hopefully do some damage when he's in there," Callaway said. "We're going to need consistent days off for three days off."