February 27, 2013
Jays' Bautista forever linked to LaRoche
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
DUNEDIN, FLA. - Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell had a meeting with Jose Bautista in 2008.
“They told me my numbers were below the league average and how I was now going to be a utility player,” Bautista said Wednesday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
The reason he lost his job at third base was a new arrival from a three-team trade on the July 31, non-waiver, trade deadline.
The Boston Red Sox sent Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Red Sox acquired Jason Bay, while the Pirates added Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss (from Boston) and Andy LaRoche joined the Bucs from the Dodgers to become the every day third baseman.
Now, Bautista and LaRoche wear the same blue Blue Jays uniform.
They wear identical batting practice caps with the oversized red Maple Leaf logo, which looks like it would cost $9.98 at an airport souvenir stand.
They share the same clubhouse.