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Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 17, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (left) hits a single against Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (right) during the third inning in game three of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (left) hits a single against Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (right) during the third inning in game three of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Bautista

Bautista would be a terrible fit in SF. If the Giants want an everyday left fielder, they NEED to play defense. As we discussed earlier, defense is key in the Giant’s philosophy of winning baseball. It always has been.

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  • Rogers Centre is a typical AL East Ballpark. It’s symmetrical, and fairly small. Not only does that make outfield defense a little easier, it ALSO makes hitting a lot easier.

    Just ask Josh Donaldson. Is it easier to hit home runs at Rogers Centre than it is at O.COCollesium? He’d probably laugh. Jose Bautista hasn’t hit over .300 in his career more than once.

    Outside of that one season, he hasn’t come within ten points of a batting average of .300. A lot of his offensive numbers come from the ballpark he’s playing in.

    Besides, his numbers have been on the decline and hit a pretty big low this year. Only a .234 Average and 22 Home-Runs. He’s also become a little more injury prone. I’d be shocked if the Blue Jays don’t retain him, but if they don’t San Francisco just wouldn’t be a good landing spot.

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