Originally Posted by RedlegJ
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This guy says the odds of Bautista being traded on a scale of 1-10 is 7. He talks about the Reds as a possible fit. He suggests Bautista for Homer and Phillips.
Homer is in his last year and Phillips is owed 50 million over the next 4 years.
Bautista is making 14 million each of the next two years so overall it saves the Reds 21 million, without even counting Bailey.
His slash last year in 118 games was .259/.358/.498/.856 with 28 homers and 73 RBI. His WAR was 4.1. Thats not a full season and I would still love that in left field. Imagine him behind votto and at GABP.
Yes, this leaves a whole at second and a starter short if Bronson leaves but if we could address those issues, would you make this trade?
No way, the gap it would leave defensively doesn't even out the amount of runs he would bring to the team verses the number of runs that would be given up. Phillips defense has bailed out pitchers time and time again and stopped other teams from having big scoring innings.
I'd trade them Bailey and Soto for Bautista.