ATLANTA – Jose Bautista is again within the main leagues with the Atlanta Braves, who inserted the 37-year-old at third base and fifth within the batting order towards San Francisco.
Unable to discover a job in the course of the offseason, Bautista agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves on April 18 and hit .250 with one homer and eight RBIs at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Atlanta needed the six-time All-Star to play third base, a place he had not seen a lot time at since 2011. He had two errors in 30 possibilities at Gwinnett.
Bautista replaces Ryan Flaherty and Johan Camargo as Atlanta’s main third baseman.
Atlanta had gained 5 straight coming into Friday, shifting into the NL East lead. The Braves outfield is ready with Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis and 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr., the youngest place participant within the main leagues.
Bautista earned $18 million beneath a one-year take care of Toronto final season however put up subpar numbers for the second straight yr, hitting .203 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 157 video games.
He’ll get $819,672, a prorated share of his $1 million wage.
To clear a roster spot, Atlanta optioned outfielder Preston Tucker to Triple-A Gwinnett.