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Mets re-sign 40-year-old Miguel Batista to minor-league deal

Jan 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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As part of their ongoing effort to stockpile cheap pitching depth the Mets have re-signed 40-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista to a minor-league contract.

Batista was called upon to make a spot start in the Mets’ season finale and shockingly threw a complete-game shutout against the Reds to lower his ERA to 3.60, but his overall performance wasn’t anywhere near as impressive and included more walks (33) than strikeouts (31) in 60 innings.

He doesn’t miss many bats or consistently throw strikes, but Batista is somewhat handy to have around because he’s willing to fill any role on the pitching staff. He’ll compete for a spot in spring training and could be a temporary rotation fill in if Johan Santana isn’t ready to begin the season on the active roster.

  1. fearlessleader - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    If you’d told me a few months ago that on January 10, Miguel Batista would have a job and Prince Fielder wouldn’t, I’d have thought you were a crazy person who needed rescuing by Saber Boy.

    • cur68 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Yeah: crazy in an “underpants on the outside of your clothes” kind of way…rather like Saberboy in fact. I wonder what RA Dickey thinks about having Batista as a teammate? Probably no one should let him know about this while he’s so low on oxygen up there on Kilimanjaro.

      • dluxxx - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        See, I was thinking more along the lines of him jumping, not lacking oxygen, but then again I thought the headline read “Mets re-sign 40-year-old *TONY* Batista to minor-league deal”.

  2. jckid21 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I truly feel that the “Coupons”…..I mean the Wilpons love messing with the Mets fan. It isn’t bad enough that the team that team is on the MLB Food Stamps program. The Wilpon’s go even further to ensure your misery by letting Reyes walk, essentially be in hibernation during free agency, and trying to sell you that your 2012 season’s fortunes are going to changed by moving the fence in 10 feet.

    Meanwhile the poor little Mets fan only has the Shake Shack and Kieth Hernandez ripping the team to look forward to.

    • dan1111 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      in other words, This year’s Mets will stink far more cost-effectively than Minaya’s Mets.

  3. paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    The A’s would never have signed Bautista.

    Do you think the Mets care if Bautista climbed Kilimanjaro or, perhaps, are even encouraging him to do so?

    • cur68 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Ok, here’s your chance to call me pedantic: that’s ‘Batista’, not ‘Bautista’. One’s a 40 year old scrub pitcher. The other is made of solid oak, swings a maple bat, and is the World’s Most Interesting Hitter. True, both have “Blue Jays” on their CV, but only one has “HR leader 2 years on the trot” on his…and if he did go to Kilimanjaro the mountain would grow short of breath from being around him… yeah pal, I heart Jose Bautista, so what?

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        There is just nothing pedantic about that post. Sorry.

        Also…. Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista Miguel Bautista

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Oh yeah? Albert “Not About The Money” Pujols, 1st baseman for the California Angels (of Anaheim). Thhhhhhhbbbbttttttt….!

      • paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        :-)

  4. wlschneider09 - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Let’s keep some perspective here, it’s just a minor league contract. The Mets are just taking a low cost/no reward approach to insurance, it’s not like he’s part of their plans outside of emergencies.

    It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Batista is signed and Fielder isn’t. It’s a little more difficult to wrap up those nine figure contracts than the minor league ones.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    That’s cheap pitching depth, alright. Any deeper and you risk setting off the roster equivalent of lake bottom overturn.

    • wlschneider09 - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Would Brett Tomko resurface at that point?

  6. hushbrother - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    If Tim Wakefield retires, Batista will be the only remaining active player from the 1992 Pirates.

  7. cool10857 - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    The Mets SUCK! Thanks to you, Fred Wilpon. By the way, Fred you are an ASSHOLE.

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