Mets Ink Miguel Batista to Minor League Deal

An article by posted on July 4, 2011

Just one day after issuing consecutive back to back bases loaded walks, the St. Louis Cardinals decided to part ways with journeymen reliever Miguel Batista.

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Well, the New York Mets wasted no time and signed the 40-year-old veteran to a Minor League Deal. Batista will be sent to Triple-A Buffalo immediately where he will have to prove he is worthy of a spot in the Mets bullpen.

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I’m very intrigued to see just how long Batista is down in Buffalo before getting a shot with the big league club. The 17-year veteran, Batista has done it all in his career, he’s been a closer, he’s been a setup man, he’s pitched in middle relief, he’s been a long man, heck he’s even started a few games in his career, you name it Miguel Batista has probably done it.

For a team who will be with out the services of Taylor Buchholz for an unknown period of time, I certainly could see the Mets using Batista in much of the same ways Buchholz was used early on in the season.

We saw Buchholz used in a variety ways by Manager Terry Collins, he was pressed into action as a long man, a middle inning man, and even a setup guy through the first two months of the seasons. I really like the move here by GM Sandy Alderson, for a team who has lacked versatility in the bullpen all season long, Miguel Batista will certainly give the Mets that if and when he gets the call to Queens.

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