José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
23 hours ago

Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Well, that experiment didn't last long. Bautista played in just 12 games with the Braves, collecting five hits while striking out 12 times in 40 plate appearances. He was also a negative at the hot corner (predictably). Johan Camargo will step in as the everyday third baseman for now, but we could see top prospect Austin Riley take the job at some point this summer.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 days ago

Bautista is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Right-hander Jose Urena will take the mound for the Marlins as Bautista heads to the bench. The 37-year-old has seen plenty of playing time since being recalled at the start of the month due to the numerous left-handers faced and being able to serve as designated hitter at Tampa Bay, but could continue to see more infrequent starting opportunities.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
6 days ago

Bautista went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in Monday's win over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

His fifth-inning shot off Jose Quintana proved to be the difference in the 6-5 victory. Bautista is finding his power stroke, homering twice in the last three games, but his .172/.294/.414 slash line through 10 games isn't encouraging. With Austin Riley tearing up the minor leagues behind him, the veteran will need to start providing more consistent production for the Braves if he wants to hang onto his roster spot through the rest of 2018.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
1 week ago

Bautista is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista is just 4-for-24 since joining the Braves but was able to crack his first homer of the season in Saturday's contest. The veteran will be given the day off with Ryan Flaherty set to take over at third base.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
1 week ago

It is believed that Bautista will only draw starts against left-handed pitching, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Besides his Atlanta debut on May 4, the Braves have faced southpaws in every game since Bautista joined the major-league roster. He has his first day off Friday - the Braves face the right-handed Dan Straily - and although manager Brian Snitker wouldn't commit to a platoon situation, it's likely that Bautista will only be in the lineup against left-handed pitching. The 37-year-old owns a .142/.246/.297 slash line against righties since last year's All-Star break. Ryan Flaherty will start in Bautista's place Friday, and he appears to be the other half of the platoon moving forward.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
1 week ago

Bautista is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista hasn't done much since getting called up to the majors, going 3-for-20 with one double and four walks. Ryan Flaherty will get the start at third base in his place.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 weeks ago

Bautista went 1-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Hitting fifth behind Nick Markakis, Bautista ripped the two-bagger in his first at-bat with the Braves, but then struck out twice to close out his night. He also held his own defensively at third base, starting an around-the-horn double play in the sixth inning. The veteran saw his strikeout rate spike to a career-high 24.8 percent last year with the Blue Jays, and if that doesn't improve in 2018, he could struggle to provide Atlanta with the power the team is hoping for in the middle of its lineup.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 weeks ago

Bautista was officially called up by the Braves Friday and will head straight into the starting lineup, batting fifth and playing third base against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista could see the majority of starts at third base in the near future as the team attempts to see what he has left in the tank. The Braves are taking a risk on two fronts. Offensively, Bautista hit just .203/.308/.366 last season, but he has a long track record of being a very good hitter, so he may have something left in the tank. Defensively, the 37-year-old has 349 career starts at third base, but just six since 2011, and it's odd to see someone move up the defensive spectrum at the end of their career. Preston Tucker and his .800 OPS were demoted to make room for the Bautista experiment.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
2 weeks ago

Bautista is expected to be called up Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a slow start in his first few minor-league games this year, Bautista has gone 6-for-15 with a double and a homer over his last four games for Triple-A Gwinnett. He's expected to make a push for the Braves' starting third base job, a position he's played 394 times in his big-league career (though not frequently since 2011). Whether or not his bat is still fantasy-relevant is an unanswered question. He's 37 years old and coming off a season in which he hit .203 with an 80 wRC+, though that was the first time his wRC+ had sunk below 120 since 2009, so it's possible that his true talent is still something close to a league-average hitter.

José Bautista
3B/RF/DH FA
3 weeks ago

Bautista went 2-for-3 and was plunked by two pitches while starting for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

After a slow start to his tenure with the Triple-A club, Bautista seems to have gotten comfortable at the plate. He has rapped out six hits in the last four games, including his first home run of the season. The Braves will eventually add Bautista to the active roster with the hope of having him take over as their everyday third baseman, but it's not clear when the team plans on pulling the trigger on that transaction.