Braves Sign Jose Bautista to Minor League Deal

The Atlanta Braves announced that they have signed Jose Bautista to a minor-league contract with the intent of him playing third base. According to Jon Heyman, the deal is worth $1 million dollars.

Bautista, 37, has already reported to Braves’ extended spring training in Lake Buena Vista, FL, where he’ll begin to get back into baseball shape.

Over the course of his 14-year career, spent mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays, Bautista has primarily been used as a right fielder, only playing third base sparingly, and last played the position in 2013 (three games; 394 games at third in his 1,676-game career).

Bautista, a lifetime .250/.362/.480 hitter with 331 home runs and 927 RBIs, saw a severe drop-off in productivity from 2015 on, seeing his OPS drop from .913 in 2015 to .817 in 2016 to .674 in 2017.

The Braves are certainly limiting their risk with just a $1 million dollar minor-league contract. But if Jose Bautista does indeed have something left in the tank, it has the potential to develop into a steal of a deal for Atlanta.

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