|Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista may be moving this offseason.|
After making a few huge moves last offseason, it appears that the Toronto Blue Jays may be on the verge of yet another big one this offseason. According to Howard Eskin of Fox 29-Philadelphia, the Blue Jays are engaged in "serious talks" with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding slugging right fielder Jose Bautista.
This news comes on the heels of the Phillies signing corner outfielder Marlon Byrd. It was speculated that the Phillies were going to make a splash this offseason, and trading for Bautista would certainly qualify as that. Bautista has solidified himself as one of the MLB's premier power hitters, as he's hit 55 dingers in only 210 games over the past two seasons.
Injuries are probably part of the reason that the Blue Jays are considering trading Bautista, but the biggest factor is that they are more than likely to be not keen on paying him. He's due $28 million over the next two seasons, which should be an easily absorbable contract for a big market team like the Phillies.
As Eskin reported, the Phillies would be sending back outfielder Domonic Brown, who finally had his breakout last year. He hit .272 with 27 home runs and 83 RBIs, and was a key part of the Philadelphia offense. Obviously, there will be more involved than just Brown, but I won't speculate as to who that will be.
For the Phillies, the loss of Brown would hurt, but the acquisition of Bautista would be huge. They would be adding a top-notch power hitter in a hitter's ballpark, and they'd solidify their corner outfield for at least the next two seasons. A combination of 'Joey Bats' and Marlon Byrd (assuming he can repeat his performance from last season), would be great to have in the middle of their lineup.
For the Blue Jays, they'd be getting one great talent (at least) with Brown, and it's a move that could potentially lock-down one of their corner outfield spots for the foreseeable future. It may signify that they're not going to be competing for a playoff spot next year, but with the always-competitive AL East, there's no telling how far that they would have gotten even with Bautista.
Ultimately, I feel like this will be a good deal if it ends up going down (assuming the Blue Jays get some decent prospects).
Thanks for reading.
Follow Brian Rzeppa on Twitter, and check out his NBA work at The League News.