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The Braves sign Miguel Batista for some reason

Jul 27, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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Aaron Gleeman said this yesterday after Miguel Batista got released by the Mets:

It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008.

He’ll get a chance to say it again, because the Braves just signed Batista.

Atlanta had Livan Hernandez for a while this year and then they released him, so I’m not sure why they want a less-durable, more literary version of him. I guess they just missed having a way-past-his-sell-date former Washington Nationals swingman on the roster. We all have our kinks.

Batista pitched 46 and two-thirds innings for the Mets this year, starting in five games and coming out of the pen for 25. He notched a 4.82 ERA and struck out 34 while walking 31 (!) batters.

If any of you are seeing anything in that stat line that I’m missing which would help a team with pretensions of contending, please feel free to point it out to me in the comments. Because I’m at a total loss.


  1. cur68 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Maybe he gives good quotes? I dunno, man. He aint pretty and he can’t dance, so I do not get why he keeps getting a date to the prom. Is he related to Selig?

  2. Ducky Medwick - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Do Wren and Fredi just hate Teheran that much? This is like the 4th time they’ve gone with a senior citizen rather than their prized young guy.

    • jjschiller - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      After dominating the International League, as it’s youngest player, in 2011 with a 2.55 ERA, he’s struggled against that same competition this year to the tune of a 5.33.

      Early in the season, his struggles were explained away as ‘the Braves want him to work on his breaking ball, so he’s throwing an inordinate number of them.’ As his struggles have continued, there are whispers that he’s tipping his pitches, slowing everything down on his change up, and lowering his arm angle on the breaking ball.

      Not something you want him to work on at the big league level in the middle of a pennant race, to which his 5.31 ERA in the bigs is a testament.

  3. El Bravo - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Kinky indeed. They need to get Livan back now. It only makes sense. What’s Moyer doing again?

  4. mississippimusicman - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    This is NOT a good consolation prize for (so far) failing to land a starter at the deadline.

  5. kkolchak - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    The Braves signing the Nats’ former veteran discards demonstrates while they have a very tall order in trying to win the division. The only weak link on the entire Nats’ staff these days is a 25-year-old who throws the ball 100 MPH but just doesn’t know where it is going.

    • dcfan4life - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      I think Henry Rodriguez days in the majors r numbered. He is too wild and unreliable. Imagine if they send him down though, that means the already best team ERA in baseball gets better. Why, because the one guy they signed who was washed up, Brad Lidge, is gone. And so will Batista be. I give him less than a month in Atlanta.

  6. royhobbs39 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    They figured it would make Larry feel younger if they had a blue hair on the team…

  7. sc101071 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    More for fun but at Turner Field:
    Turner Field 0.00 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4.2 1 0 0 0 5 5 .067

    Of course this was against the Braves.

  8. sdelmonte - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I think they did it just to annoy you, Craig.

  9. cameron poe - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I realize I can’t say certain words in my comments, but, seriously Frank Wren what the F! Are you thinking? This is absolutely ridiculous. The Braves have real needs. They quickly becoming insignificant. And their ownership by committee seems to think they are doing a wonderful job. Hey this guy was awesome back in the day lets grab him! Does anyone know if we can unfreeze Ted Williams? Maybe we can go Frankenstein and bring back Dimaggio! These must be the stupid a$@ comments these idiots who cut the checks for the Braves must be saying to one another. WHY WHY WHY? Would you make this deal? With all the time and money they are wasting with this stupid race to become the oldest team in MLB they couldn’t locked down Bourne and traded for and re-signed Grienke. Please Braves do not become the Browns of baseball.

  10. cameron poe - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    It’s time to bring back Ted

  11. Walk - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Hopefully this pickup will allow medlen to move into the rotation. If he gets starts over medlen then its time the braves got themselves some new management starting in the dugout and moving up.

  12. dakotah55 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Maybe they’re trying to get the Nats secrets of success from him.

    “Well first thing, you’ve got to get rid of me”.

    No, thats probably not it.

  13. paperlions - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I mentally add “for some reason” to the end of all of the post titles, it is almost always an improvement (for some reason):

    Armando Galarraga is back in the majors for some reason

    The Dodgers have shown some interest in Justin Morneau for some reason

    No pressure: Terry Collins compares Matt Harvey to Strasburg, Verlander for some reason

    Ben Cherington and the Red Sox are in a tough spot for some reason

    • cur68 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      “paperlions for some reason…” ! Shit bro, that WORKS!

  14. jerseyjeff - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Batista on the Braves helps the Mets far more than Batista on the Mets. Part of Genius Sandy Alderson’s plan to sink division rivals!

  15. bigleagues - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Let’s see . . .

    Ryan Dempster? or Miguel Batista?

    Oh yeah, dead draw.

    Seriously, Randall Delgado is a better option over Batista. So why bother with Batista? Do the Braves have no one beyond Delgado to turn to as depth?

  16. carolinakid - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    As a lifelong, diehard Braves fan all I can do is * FACEPALM*

  17. spudchukar - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Not that I believe Batista can help the Braves, but someone in their bullpen must be ailing, cause the management stated they were looking for help there, and on appearance they seem like they are solid. They must know something we don’t, which is often the case.

  18. tsi431 - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    If you get rejected from the Mets bullpen, you are really bad. Heck, they brought back Manny Acosta with his 11+era.

  19. cool10857 - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Batista sucks.

  20. sweepthleg - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Batista will be starting in the Braves AA affiliate. And if he pans out then the Braves can move Medlen out of the bullpen and give him his shot in the starting rotation. With a lot of top pitching prospects off the table for the very frugal Braves this gives them a cheap option if they can’t land a big arm before the deadline.

    Maybe it’ll work out or it won’t but it is very cheap. If only Blank could buy the Braves and dump some money into them they could jump up to the next level.

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