"Change is on its way one way or another, it’s just a question of how far the Blue Jays decide to go," writes Nicholson-Smith, who quotes Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos as saying, "The core (of a team) changes with performances from year to year.”
The buzz from up north is that Toronto will mostly want starting pitching, which makes this very tricky. I've heard from people who know him that Bautista would be open to a move to the New York area. He's a smart, poised, charismatic guy with goals beyond baseball, and to move to the largest media market in the world could help put wind in those sails. The Yankees also need a corner outfielder, by the way, and the Rangers have had interest in Bautista as recently as this summer.
He should intrigue Sandy Alderson, as well. He's missed significant time the last two years due to injury, yet still hit 25 home runs each season, which is why I bet Anthopoulos strongly considers dealing him. Bautista will earn $14 million each of the next two seasons, with a team option for 2016.
Bautista finished 2013 hitting .259, with a .358 OBP, 28 home runs, 73 RBI and 24 doubles. Despite missing more than 40 games, he actually produced enough for Toronto to justify his salary. He'd be the best outfielder on the Mets and second-most productive hitter on the team.
The Mets have the talent to acquire him, I think. The thing is, they just pulled off a major trade with Anthopoulos a year ago. If there is a team that could make it happen, I suspect it is the Mets with J.P. Ricciardi, who used to run the Blue Jays. But, still, it's odd business to end up discussing the same minor leaguers that went from one team to the other a year later. The Blue Jays have shown interest in the Mets pitching before, from Dillon Gee to Jon Niese to guys in the farm system. Nevertheless, he's someone I hope Alderson looks in to, because he will not break the farm system and still provide significant help to a lineup in dire need of improving.
To read about whether the Mets would consider bringing back Reyes, check out this post by me and Michael Baron from last month.