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The Giants are interested in Jose Bautista

Jul 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have expressed interest in Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista.

There were some comments in the Trade Tracker this morning from people who think that the Jays would be crazy to trade Bautista, but really, when is this guy’s value going to be higher?  Does anyone think that he’s really a 40+ home run guy, year-in-year out? And even if you do — and maybe you can persuade me that all he needed was playing time — is that what the Jays need right now?

If the Giants — or anyone else for that matter — were to offer a couple of solid prospects for Brautista, I’m not sure how the Jays could possibly pass up that trade.

  1. The Rabbit - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    It could be a very good trade for the Jays depending what they get in return; however, for the Giants…not so much.
    Do the Giants really need another outfielder hitting in the .238? They already have Rowand who coincidentally is also hitting exactly .238.

  2. Mark - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    The big difference being Rowand’s OBP is 288 while Bautista’s is a very respectable 358. The power is flukey, but Bautista’s always shown a very good BB% and that’s not likely to change.

  3. onemilemore - Jul 21, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Of course the Giants are interested in him…he’s had a flourish this season and is currently marketable, so Sabean has to bite. Why go after someone who has been consistent year in and year out when you can get the hot commodity?
    As a Giants fan, this move would be awful, but not unexpected.

  4. Proudly Canadian - Jul 21, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    In two years the Jays will be pennant contenders. Their young pitchers have been performing well and a couple of pitching prospects they got for Rolen and Halladay look like keepers. They have solid Catching and 1B prospects ready to replace Buck and Overbay. They stole Escobar from Atlanta. They need a third baseman, but Bautista can play third. Bautista is a late bloomer rather than a flash in the pan. His production began last September when he finally got a chance to playn regularly. The Jays will not give him away for peanuts. He is highly valuable to them. He has 26 Homers, 19 doubles, 2 triples 64 RBI’s and 55 walks. There is no reason to trade him despite the BS eminating from the US media.

  5. The Rabbit - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    I agree with you completely. Of course, Baustista’s OPS is also very respectable and he’s having an exceptional season.
    I’m just not as yet convinced as Proudly Canadian states that Bautista is a “late bloomer”; therefore, if I were Sabean, I’d have to think long and hard as to what I might offer in trade for a player who might be having his career year.

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