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Rockies strike minor league deal with Miguel Batista

Jan 20, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Miguel Batista.

If the deal is finalized — and there’s no reason to think it won’t be — Batista will be given an invitation to major league spring training with a pretty favorable opportunity to claim a spot in mid-to-long relief.

Batista posted an ugly 4.61 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 36/33 K/BB ratio across 52 2/3 innings last season between the Mets and Braves. But the Rockies have one of the worst pitching staffs in the major leagues.

Batista’s resume includes stops in Pittsburgh, Florida, Chicago, Montreal, Kansas City, Arizona, Toronto, Seattle, D.C., St. Louis, New York and Atlanta. His best year was probably 2003 with the Diamondbacks.

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UPDATE, 9:13 PM: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal has been made official.

  1. deepstblu - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    He was an Expo in one century, and eleven years later he was a National in another.

  2. dustmaker820 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Just the Rockies need, another worn out retread.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    He is one of the most interesting people in baseball. I wish him good luck this season.

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Good guy? Yes. Hard worker? Yes. Stealing the spot of a young guy that needs MLB experience? Yes!!!! Rockies need to get it in gear going all young. There pitching is going to suck no matter what and a retread wont save it or much help it.

    • ptfu - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      If the young guys aren’t ready for the Show yet, then prematurely promoting them won’t help. A retread could buy them more development time. Plus there’s the whole “veteran leadership” thing, for what it’s worth. Can’t hurt to have a good guy and a hard worker in the pen with the kids.

  5. tuberippin - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Hard to believe this guy has pitched for eighteen seasons and nearly 2,000 innings pitching ML-average innings (career ERA+ of 100).

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