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Blue Jays ink Miguel Batista to minor league contract

Apr 9, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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From Jon Heyman of comes word that the Blue Jays have signed veteran right-hander Miguel Batista to a minor league contract. He was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo, where he will try to pitch well enough to get a shot in Toronto.

Batista signed a minor league contract with the Rockies this winter, then allowed 13 runs — seven earned — in just seven spring innings and was let loose before the beginning of the regular season. It took him about 10 days to find a new gig.

Batista, 42, posted a 4.61 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 52 2/3 innings last season between the Mets and Braves.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I wonder when, exactly, Toronto is going to begin their fire sale? Why would their front office think that the same players that failed in Miami would produce different results for the Jays.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Well said Randy you know its just a matter of time, i just hope Gibbons didnt buy a house, i hope he was smarter then that cause he will take the fall for this train wreck that AA put together. Also i would love nothing more then to see batista pitching for the jays. Hell i hope they call Dave Stieb while they are at it!!! LOVE IT!!!

    • drewsylvania - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I know you’re not this stupid.

  2. duluthbuttonhut - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Did a Blue Jay sleep with your wife awhile back, Harry? I just do not understand all of this unfounded hate towards a team. I get it, you are a miserable pr*ck, find someone/something else to complain about and move on. It just isnt’t healthy Harry.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      I will explain, i never liked baseball being played anywhere else besides USA baby!! Canada should just stick with hockey, baseball has no business being in canada, none, zero, zip. Also with that said proudly and his other accounts run around here talking smack but i dont see you commenting on that now do ya? Its the same junk day in and day out so let me give you some advice. go shIt in your hat and get over it, seriously, just get over it.

  3. duluthbuttonhut - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Wow… you must have really detested 1992 and 1993 then, eh? Talking smack amongst friends is all good, but I can tell that you honestly believe the toxic rhetoric you lambast us with, and thats concerning. Hats are for supporting your team, not for shitting in… c’mon man.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      I really did hate “92 and “93 but as the old saying time heals old wounds and i barely remember where i even was back in those days but i do enjoy every passing year in which they cant even smell the playoffs and i promise you this will be another one of those years. If im wrong may God strike this message board down!!

      • 32bigg - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        Hey Harry,

        Canada is taking over the US. We have finally covertly forced you to adopt social medicine, and next we are coming for your guns!!!

        Ahahahahahahahahahahaha! LOVE IT!

        And if you don’t like it, you can sht in your hat and get over it.


        Eat it loser!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        I dont own guns so i could care less, and there is no comparing medical between the two countries. Canada has the better system, we are not even close to being as good yet so with that said, I hope your legs grow together 32smalls, HAHAHAHHAHAHAAHA

  4. tuberippin - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    They needed another replacement-level veteran in the bullpen after they got rid of Dave Bush.

    • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      If only, Batista hasn’t even been replacement level for about 5 years.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I’d settle for a couple replacement-level commenters. They’d be better than the two at the top.

      • tuberippin - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Yeah, it’s funny that it’s mostly Yankees fans spewing jealousy at the Blue Jays.

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