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The Jose Bautista signing is not a big enough deal to get worked up about, but that's the best thing I can think to say about it.
Okay, that's not totally fair. The move makes logical sense, in that Bautista is a righthanded hitter, and the Mets need outfielders.
The only problem is that, in the eyes of multiple talent evaluators, Bautista does not seem to have much left. He was 5 for 35 in a brief stint with Atlanta this year, and posted a .674 OPS in 157 games in 2017. There is little indication that, at 37, he can still be productive.
Sure, this carries very little risk for the Mets, who need a righty bat in the outfield. Bautista also remains open to playing third, as he did this year with the Braves. He has a reputation a good clubhouse guy, and Mets executive J.P. Ricciardi, who brought Bautista to Toronto as Blue Jays GM, has always been a big fan.
Maybe he gets hot and helps the team handle the loss of Yoenis Cespedes for a while. It's just hard to find anyone outside the Mets organization who considers this likely.
But again: This move (which carries more than a whiff of desperation) is not going to make or break the season either way.