Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is playing his final season in the MLB. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Red Sox could possibly replace him with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted in his report that Bautista is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. He is looking for the best payday possible and the Red Sox could offer him the salary he desires.
Bautista also has some history with current Boston manager John Farrell, bench coach Torey Lovullo and infield coach Brian Butterfield from their tenure in Toronto. The 35-year-old slugger also enjoys playing at Fenway.
“I hit a lot of fly balls that get caught in other places but that get to the wall or over it at Fenway,” Bautista said.
The Red Sox would probably use the Dominican as a designated hitter, but Bautista can still play the outfield and possesses one the best arms in baseball. He also can play first and third base to go along with his powerful bat.
“I’ve played third base extensively in my career. I think a first base is an option. I’m not as limited even at my age. I had versatility early in my career,” Bautista said.
Cafardo also mentions that the Red Sox could also pursue Bautista’s teammate and fellow slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The 33-year-old plays almost exclusively as a DH for the Blue Jays.
As mentioned in a previous report on MLB rumors, the Blue Jays will have to decide if they are going to re-sign both Bautista and Encarnacion. However, MLB rumors in Toronto suggest that “Joey Bats” wants to stay in the Great White North.
“Do I want to stay here? Yes. Do I wish it comes to free agency? Absolutely not. When you enjoy success and you enjoy the people, why would you want to leave?” Bautista revealed.
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