Mets sign Bautista, start him same day

Jose Bautista was not a free agent very long as he agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Mets, the team announced on Tuesday.

The team promptly put him into the starting lineup in left field and batted him fifth.

Bautista was released by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday after batting .143 in 35 at-bats this season.

With Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares on the disabled list, the Mets have a need for an outfielder.

Mets assistant to the general manager J.P. Ricciardi has a history with Bautista. He was the general manager for the Blue Jays in 2008 when Toronto acquired Bautista in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Mets optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

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