Phillies acquire veteran slugger Jose Bautista

Written By: Séamus Doyle, @saintseamus

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Jose Bautista from the Mets Tuesday afternoon in exchange for cash or a player to be named later, reports say.

Philadelphia claimed the veteran on waivers yesterday and have worked out a deal to trade for him.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports the plan for Jose Bautista in a Phils uniform is to utilize him as a power bat off the bench.

The 6x All Star is hitting just .196 on the season.

The Bautista acquisition is just the latest example of Phillies GM Matt Klentak’s aggressive decision making in trying to upgrade the roster in anyway possible in order to win the NL East. The Phillies sit 3.5 games behind Atlanta currently.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilson Ramos, Aaron Loup, Justin Bour and Jose Bautista. Klentak has certainly been aggressive in the second half of the season. Hopefully, the Phillies can go on a run into October. Perhaps Bautista can get hot and take advantage of the comfy confines of Citizens Bank Park.

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