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MLB rumors: Phillies interested in Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, sources say

Will Jose Bautista be on the move?Getty Images

According to Fox's baseball insider Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are seriously considering adding a big veteran bat this offseason.

And according to Rosenthal's sources, Toronto slugging outfielder Jose Bautista would be a good fit and is a reasonable option.

Bautista was given a qualifying offer by the Jays, which means the Phillies would need to surrender a draft pick to acquire him. Luckily their first rounder is protected, so they would only relinquish a second rounder.

The other obstacle is that the Jays are actively looking to bring him back, and that Bautista would likely prefer to play for a team in playoff contention. The Phillies are likely still at least a year away from competing in earnest again.

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But, there is no shortage of cash for the Phils, who as of right now have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. They could offer the 36-year-old a multiyear deal which would also be a leg up for Philadelphia.

Bautista would be a good fit in Citizens Bank Park, as the righty has hit 35 or more homers four times in the last seven seasons.

Rosenthal says Bautista is a fit, and while it is certainly possible, a bevy of other free agent bats could be easier for the Phillies to nab.

 
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