Why not trade Jose Bautista?

The Beezer says dealing slugger Jose Bautista might make sense for the Blue Jays, especially with...

The Beezer says dealing slugger Jose Bautista might make sense for the Blue Jays, especially with the emergence of Edwin Encarnacion. (Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says the priority for his club going forward is starting pitching and a middle infielder.

Can’t argue with that. But other than free agency, which would mean spending more money, the one way the Jays might be able to fill those voids is via a trade (trade waivers are now required until the off-season).

So why not trade Jose Bautista? The two-time major league home run leader would obviously attract a lot of attention and reap the most in return. The Jays don’t lack for power hitting, but they do lack quality starters and defence.

Who would you rather trade, Edwin Encarnacion or Joey Bats? EE seems to be the more consistent power hitter now.

 


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