Jose Bautista Rumors: Red Sox, Phillies, Rangers

After the rumors of Jose Bautista to the Philadelphia Phillies started last week, the speculation of which teams would be best suited to acquire the talented outfielder has run like Speedy Gonzalez. Here is the latest surrounding Bautista.

  • If Toronto is going to trade Bautista, talented pitching is going to be coming back in return. They are focused on improving their rotation which is a reason why the 33-year-old is available. “It’s a name we’re hearing through backchannels right now, but wouldn’t be surprised if he’s available,” said an NL General Manager, via Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell likes Bautista from his days as the skipper in Toronto, but don’t expect the Blue Jays to trade Bautista within the division, especially if they plan to contend in 2014.
  • It’s likely the Phillies and Blue Jays haven’t reached an agreement after rumors of “serious” talks because not only does Toronto covet Domonic Brown, but they also want to improve their rotation. There aren’t a lot of attractive pitching prospects within the Philadelphia farm system at this point; at least for Bautista.
  • The Texas Rangers would be an interesting suitor for Bautista as they have the pitching to put together a legitimate offer. They re-signed Martin Perez, so it’s not likely he’s available. Pitchers such as Luke Jackson, Nick Martinez and Connor Sadzeck could interest the Blue Jays. The Rangers could be looking to deal Jurickson Profar or Ian Kinsler which could entice the Blue Jays as well.

Follow Outside Pitch Sports Network co-founder Andrew Vigliotti on Twitter for more updates @Andrew_Vig

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