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Blue Jays moving Jose Bautista back to third base

Jun 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jose Bautista has played exclusively right field this season and robbed Jordan Schafer of a home run out there earlier this week, but yesterday the Blue Jays announced that they’re moving him back to third base as soon as Monday.

Bautista started 45 games at third base last season and was initially slated to return there this year, but the Blue Jays decided during spring training to give Edwin Encarnacion a shot at the hot corner instead. That didn’t work out very well and Toronto third basemen have hit just .177 overall.

Top prospect Brett Lawrie would have gotten the call to step in at third base already, but he’s been slow to recover from a hand injury at Triple-A. In the meantime Bautista volunteered to play wherever the team needs him most and this move allows the Blue Jays to get another good bat like Travis Snider or Eric Thames into the lineup in the outfield.

Next month Bautista will start the All-Star game as an outfielder.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Thames is being called up to play in the outfield. Snider is not available after a mild concussion caused by a pitch that hit him on the helmet. I would expect to see Bautista play at third base today.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      Thames will be a bust just like Snider, like drabek, like Rios, like every other bluegals prospects

  2. seanmk - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    fantasy owners of bautista are rejoicing

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I guess they don’t feel like they have any 3rd baseman that can hit while they have outfielders that can, but I think it’s a mistake to keep moving your star player around.

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    So some guy is willing to do whatever it takes to help out his team? That makes me look like a dick for just now telling my boss i couldnt help him out cause im busy “looking something up on the computer”! :-) Good for Jose, bad for me.

  5. yankeesgameday - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Colossal mistake. Baseball is a game of routine. You don’t move the greatest hitter in the league around the way folks have been doing with pujols and now bautista.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      Bautista has plenty of experience at third base and is superior defensively than any other third baseman on the roster.

      • spindervish - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        FWIW, UZR doesn’t appear to make him out to be much of a third baseman. Of course, it’s not too crazy about his range in RF either.

      • spudchukar - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        UZR ratings are about as reliable as rain.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      Yeah, remember when the best SS ever joined the Yanks and moved to third to become a below average 3B? Oh wait…

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Bautista needs a PEE CUP ASAP!

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