Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista after scoring a run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre. Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Blue Jays discussing Jose Bautista trade with Phillies

According to tweets from Howard Eskin of FOX Philadelphia (and a headline I saw at when I woke up) rumors are swirling that the Toronto Blue Jays are in serious trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about moving Jose Bautista for outfielder Domonic Brown.

Eskin says Bautista’s ability to play third is a factor in the trade but in my opinion Jose’s hip problems should keep him in right field permanently going forward. He’s battled injuries the past two seasons with wrist and hip issues ending his season prematurely two years in a row.

Bautista, 33, batted .259/.358/.498 with a 134 wRC+, 4.1 rWAR and 4.2 fWAR in 118 games for the Blue Jays in 2013.

Brown, 26, was an all-star for the first time this year and batted .272/.324/.494 with a 123 wRC+, 2.5 rWAR and 1.6 fWAR. It was a breakout year for the young outfielder who is arbitration eligible next off-season and under team control until 2018.

Advanced fielding metric aren’t very kind to Brown and his below-average defense pulls down his wins above replacement value. He was a 20th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2006.

I’ve already received some opinions on Twitter about the prospective move.

Personally I don’t find the idea THAT far-fetched, I know fans of the Toronto Blue Jays don’t want to see Bautista go but if the Phillies add a bit more to the package I’m sure that Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos is listening. Stay tuned for more updates here at Jays Journal on this developing situation.


Shi Davidi at Sportsnet and Jon Heyman at CBS both say there is no validity to the rumors:

Well so much for that! I think…

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  • Andrew van Laar

    Hmmmmm… I agree its not that far fetched, but I would like to see us get an upgrade for a position we need rather than an outfielder. Especially an outfielder who has had only one good season for an established stud. If the Jays are going to make this trade, I think a high B level or low A prospect should be included. Just my opinion though.

    • John Smith

      The Phillies have no such prospects

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  • Erik Trenouth

    Throw in Hamels on the Philly end, and we have a deal

    • Andrew van Laar

      I would not want them to take Hamels :S His contract is enormous and still has 5 years left on it

      • Erik Trenouth

        He is getting paid pretty much what he is worth, and isn’t it a good thing that he would be with the Jays for 5 years? The Jays need pitching more than anything else, and trading Bautista for Hamels would only bring on $7mil more in payroll. I would rather Bautista be exchanged for someone like Felix Hernandez because he is 2.5 years younger and a bit better. But realistically, neither is happening.

        • Andrew van Laar

          I think they can get pitching that is far more cost effective if they trade Bautista to another club. No need to take on a mammoth contract just for the sake of it.

  • RyanMueller

    Have we not learnt anything in the time that AA has been running the ship??? If we hear about it means it isn’t going to happen. Ninja remember

    • Michael Wray

      @ryanmueller:disqus I can’t link through Disqus but try Googling “Tackling Myth of AA’s Stealth” by Andrew Stoeten at DJF, it’s an old post but an interesting read.

      • RyanMueller

        Michael, I remember that article; however, I still stand by my original comment. The way these rumours are swirling I just don’t see THIS trade happening the way it is written. I could see Jose getting traded but I see it happening where AA could fill a number of holes. One last thing, I am not against this traded. I believe that trading Jose for Brown would be a smart move as you save money and you get a younger OF (maybe LF due to his poor fielding) that you could have for many years to come…so it is not like you are throwing in the towel.

  • David Ross

    Bring the Doc back!