Jose Bautista and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday after the veteran slugger was released by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Mets optioned third baseman Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move.
Bautista was a late addition to the Mets’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Miami, batting fifth and playing left field as the Marlins sent lefty Caleb Smith to the mound.
With the Mets, Bautista will provide a right-handed bat to balance out the team’s all-lefty outfield. With Yoenis Cespedes (hip) on the disabled list and Juan Lagares (toe) believed to be out for the season, the Mets had been using Brandon Nimmo in left field, Michael Conforto in center and Jay Bruce in right.