Mets trade Jose Bautista to Phillies

Following three months of production and versatility at a time when many of their veteran alternatives were sidelined, the Mets thanked Jose Bautista on Tuesday with a trade to a contender. The team dealt Bautista to the Phillies for cash or a player to be named after Philadelphia claimed him on revocable waivers.

The trade, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said, “was really less about the return we got” and more about the team’s desire “to do right by Jose,” giving the 15-year veteran another crack at a title. In addition, parting ways with Bautista opens up playing time for Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith in the outfield.

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