MLB free agent rumors: Mets interested in recently released Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista’s time with the Braves ended Sunday when he was released, but his MLB career may not be over.

According to the New York Post, the Mets are showing interest on Bautista, who slashed just .143/.250/.343 with two home runs and five RBIs in 12 games with Atlanta this season.

Bautista, 37, hit 40 home runs with 115 RBIs in 2015, but his average and power have drastically dropped since.

The Mets, winners of three straight games, are currently third in the tough National League East, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves. Bautista could provide veteran leadership and occasional power, but his best days seem to be behind him.

Upton also made a fantastic, leaping catch against the left-field fence to rob Russell Martin of a potential home run in the second inning, which proved to be critical in a tight game.

I try to catch every ball, Upton said. I just got a good jump on that. I got a pretty good read on where it was going to be so I ran to that spot, found out where the fence was and went up to catch it.

It was early in the game, but it would be a big factor in the final result.

Plutko presents an interesting challenge for hitters with an oddly paced delievery, and the Cubs simply couldn’t figure him out. Add that to the fact he was able to work around early command issues, and it simply wasn’t the Cubs’ night.

It was nice to see because we know when he commands he can be pretty good, manager Terry Francona told reporters after the game. But on a night when he didn’t command real well, he still did pretty damn good.

As for the Yankees, they had a completely different night. They couldn’t stop scoring runs as they managed to hit four home runs, tally seven extra-base hits and 14 hits in total. Yet, they couldn’t stop a Rangers’ lineup which is last in the AL West in runs per game.

Aaron Judge smacked a 471-foot homer, but that was not enough to overcome seven earned runs from CC Sabathia, and five runs in three innings of relief between Chasen Shreve, David Robertson and Dellin Betances.

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