A report coming from thestar.com says that the Dodgers may have interest in José Bautista. Bautista has spent the last 8 seasons with the Blue Jays, where he truly blossomed into one of the game’s premier power hitters. However, his performed stumbled in 2016 as he battled injuries and inconsistent performance.
Bautista would help the Dodgers generate some much needed power from the right side of the plate. He’s primarily an outfielder, as he’s played mostly RF for the Blue Jays.
He’s not a particular good defender in right, as advanced defensive metrics grade him out as below average. Bautista hits for massive power and he strikes out nearly as much as he walks but he’s also no spring chicken, as he’ll be playing 2017 in his age-37 season. He does, however, have one of the single most epic batflips of all time.
The Dodgers would forfeit their first round pick for signing Bautista, as he was tendered a qualifying offer by the Blue Jays. At this point in his career, he may be better suited to a DH role, which puts his position on the Dodgers in question. For a team that is trying to get under the luxury tax and strongly values defense in right, this interest seems more like “kicking the tires” than legitimate interest, as Bautista has openly stated that he is trying to get paid this offseason.
The market for Bautista has been a little slow to develop this offseason, so this could be a situation where his agent leaked that a large revenue team had interest in his client to attempt to jump start the market.
The Dodgers currently have a plethora of outfielders, so an acquisition like this would have to be a precursor to a trade of another outfielder, like Andre Ethier, Trayce Thompson or Yasiel Puig.