Jose Bautista used to be part of Phillies fans’ dreams, as there was a point where they were thought to be pursuing him. However, now is not that time, as the Phillies should avoid any talks with Bautista.
Bautista is thought around many front offices to be a somewhat selfish player and one that will no doubt look for a place where he can start immediately for a contender. Philadelphia is simply not that place.
Additionally, Bautista is now 37 and out of his prime. After his $17.5M option was declined by the Blue Jays, it should be a signal to other teams that he is simply not worth that kind of money this late in his career.