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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Even after acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera, the Philadelphia Phillies may be looking at another New York Mets position player to bolster their bench — six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Jose Bautista.

The Phillies are one of the teams to "check in" on Bautista, however the Mets will not trade him "for nothing," according to Fancred's Jon Heyman.

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Bautista, 37, is playing on a one-year, $545,000 contract. The 15-year-veteran has 339 home runs and 956 games in his career (.249/.362/.478), but has just eight home runs and 29 RBI in 70 games this season (.216/.360/.407).

If Bautista was dealt to the Phillies, it would be his third National League East club this season, having played 12 games for the Atlanta Braves and 58 for the Mets so far. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native played 10 seasons with the Blue Jays from 2008-2017, and logged six home runs and 16 RBI in 20 postseason appearances from 2015-2016.

Less than 24 hours remain until Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.


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