White Sox: Three Possible Designated Hitter Options for 2018

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Jose Bautista
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Jose Bautista /
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Jose Bautista experienced a career turnaround with the Toronto Blue Jays. After being unable to find solid footing in his first four MLB seasons (2004-2008), Bautista became a fan favorite north of the border. From 2008-2017, Bautista hit 288 home runs with the Blue Jays.

His best season with Toronto came in 2011 when he hit .302/.447/.608 with 43 home runs and 132 RBIs. Bautista finished third in MVP voting that year. This was after he hit 54 home runs in 2010 with Toronto. The 37-year-old has been involved in controversy before as he’s gotten into fights with the Texas Rangers, and has been known to watch his home runs from home plate.

Bautista wouldn’t be the best choice for the Sox this season due to his age, and declining skills at the plate. Through 157 games for the Blue Jays last year, he hit just .203. However, he hit 23 home runs to go along with 65 RBIs. He actually had 170 strikeouts for Toronto in 2017, so the Sox could be better off sticking with Davidson for 2018.