Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles says Jose Bautista probably isn't going to be a Giant in 2017. He's coming off a bad season and will be 36 ---
In the last 100 years, there have been 18 outfielders
who have had multiple seasons worth more than 3 WAR after turning 36.
Just four of them have come since 2000. Now, those four were Barry
Bonds, Moises Alou, Kenny Lofton, and Steve Finley, so it’s possible
that being the type of person who would consider playing with the Giants
augers well for post-36 excellence. But it’s far more likely for an
old-timer to disintegrate completely than it is for him to put up more
than one good season.
Whichever team pays Bautista will be paying for more than one good season.
Jose Bautista is coming off his worst season in years
His .234/.366/.452 line was his worst since transforming
into Super Bautista in 2010. It’s a blip when you’re 30. It’s a red flag
when you’re 35.
It’s out of this meeting that the scouting
report against Jose Bautista was born. The scouting report against
Bautista went like this: a steady diet of breaking balls, and nothing on
It worked, and he looked awful in the ALCS. This probably isn’t going to change next year.
Jose Bautista is a designated hitter, not an outfielder
He used to be a fine outfielder with a marvelous arm. But
shoulder surgery and age has sapped his defensive talents and made him a
liability, especially for a National League team.