What a difference a few years make…
Jose Bautista did not demand a lot of attention this past winter after having a poor 2017 season for the Toronto Blue Jays, so he began the 2018 year without a team. Then the Atlanta Braves came calling to kick his tires in hopes that he had something left in the tank.
He paid off almost immediately after smashing his 1st home run of the season, but it was all downhill from there. In just 12 games with the club, Bautista managed just a .593 OPS, going 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs, one double, five walks, and 12 strikeouts at the plate. Certainly not ideal.
For that reason, the club decided to release him on Sunday.
“The No. 1 priority here is – to the 24 or 25 guys in that clubhouse, to the fan base, to the city – winning games,” said Anthopoulos. “This is about the Braves at all times, and I think everybody understands that, no matter what.”
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 20, 2018
The six-time All-Star has not stated anything about retiring. For now, he still has a standing offer to return to Triple-A Gwinnett if he can’t find work elsewhere.
H/T – The Score