PHILADELPHIA — There has been some buzz in Philadelphia this week following talk the Phillies are interested in free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista.
Sources told MLB.com that it won’t happen.
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The Blue Jays made Bautista a qualifying offer, which means the Phillies would forfeit their second-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, plus the accompanying bonus allotment (more than $1 million) to sign him. That makes little sense for a rebuilding team, which is why the Phillies remain focused on free-agent outfielders like Brandon Moss and Michael Saunders, both of whom could be potentially had on one-year deals. The Phillies also continue to follow potential trade partners like the Mets, who could unload right fielder Jay Bruce.
If the Phillies acquire Moss, Saunders, Bruce or somebody else not named Bautista or Mark Trumbo (who received a qualifying offer from the Orioles), it likely would mean Roman Quinn, …