Braves sign Batista to minor league deal

The Braves signed 41-year-old veteran Miguel Batista to a minor league deal on Friday and will assign him to Triple-A Gwinnett. It was a move to add some pitching depth, and a right-hander who has shown his versatility over the years as both a starter and reliever.

The Mets designated Batista for assignment from their bullpen on Sunday. He was 1-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 30 games for them this season, including five starts. He had given up 53 hits in 46 2/3 innings, with 31 walks and 34 strikeouts.

“I look at it as some depth, guy’s got some experience,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Batista is 102-115 with a 4.49 ERA over 18 seasons with 10 teams. He’s an avid reader and known to be a good clubhouse influence. Gonzalez said he made a good impression on Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca in 2004 when he was manager for Toronto and Batista a starter.

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MyThoughts

July 27th, 2012
6:58 pm

Wow another teams old reject some move Wren

Alex M

July 27th, 2012
7:01 pm

Another journeyman retread?? Hopefully the Braves will find a decent arm for the bullpen and some bench help before the deadline. Lets not trade our top prospect pitchers for a 3 month rental.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 27th, 2012
7:01 pm

Can you say Livan?

thecoxman

July 27th, 2012
7:01 pm

send all your wash up broken down players to the braves.

bulldogbubba

July 27th, 2012
7:02 pm

Ralph

July 27th, 2012
7:07 pm

Batista is our Grinke!, what else did you all expect, there are no Josh Johnsons in the Dumpster.

MyThoughts

July 27th, 2012
7:07 pm

Maybe we can get a tax deduction from keeping these rejects off unemployment ??

Brent

July 27th, 2012
7:10 pm

It’s a minor league deal folks…nothing more than to add depth at the minor league level…

NORRIS

July 27th, 2012
7:11 pm

so he wasnt good enough for the mets who suck but yet he can help us?
ok.

Trent

July 27th, 2012
7:11 pm

FIRE FRANK WREN NOW!!!! IS THAT THE BEST YOU CAN DO? IBD

G

July 27th, 2012
7:13 pm

And so it begins. Frank Wren continues the retread project signings, because we don’t want to get rid of any guys who MIGHT make it to the big leagues. Same old Braves sacrificing today looking for tomorrow…. Which never comes

Brent

July 27th, 2012
7:15 pm

Stop with the fire Frank Wren crap. THIS IS A MINOR LEAGUE DEAL. This signing has nothing to do with making trade deadline deals. Relax.

rbrave

July 27th, 2012
7:17 pm

The Mutts have one of the worst bull pens in the Majors and we sign a 41 year old that they cut ? Why did we get rid of Levon ? What a joke ! I’m Braves all the way but damn !

phil

July 27th, 2012
7:18 pm

FlaBrave

July 27th, 2012
7:20 pm

“Gonzalez said he made a good impression on Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca in 2004 when he was manager for Toronto and Batista a starter.”

Dang…That was 8 years ago!!

eddie57

July 27th, 2012
7:28 pm

The comments by Fredi the Freeloader again show how clueless he is. Great move for pitching depth? Wren is as bad as Fredi and should be fired after being forced to fire Fredi and TP.

Brent

July 27th, 2012
7:32 pm

Danny Knobler of cbssports reports that Brewers right-hander Zach Greinke has been traded to the Angels. Details upcoming.

Great Move

July 27th, 2012
7:34 pm

Good to hear he is an avid reader, that should come in handy down the stretch. Great pick up!

BravesFan79

July 27th, 2012
7:49 pm

One guy who was designated for assignment that id like to see the Braves go get is Hediki Matsuil Did could seriously rake for the Yankees, and isnt 2 far from his days as a serious hitter. Maybe a move to the NL would help him. I love pure hitters like him tho.

BravesFan79

July 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

So how come we keep signing all these rejects but yet our team was 2 “loaded” to make room for Glavine or Smoltz to come back and pitch a few more games a few years ago? Frank Wren… cheap and classless. Or maybe that describes our owners.

TROTTINGHOME

July 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

Grienke to the Angels…drats

TROTTINGHOME

July 27th, 2012
7:54 pm

Grienke to the Angels…double drats

Im not surprised

July 27th, 2012
7:56 pm

MLB TRADE RUMORS CONFIRMS ANGELS ACQUIRE GREINKE

history of the braves other teams acquire good pieces and the braves only stay like an idiots hoping Jurrjens and Hanson suddenly start to pitch like Maddux

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

What is the deal with Javier Vasquez? Wren is searching the waiver wire for rejects, why doesn’t he talk with Javy. He doesn’t appear to be making much progress in landing one of the big fish.

I’m like some of the others on here, not sure, a pitcher is going to be enough to get this bunch over the top. I sure would not mortgage the future for a one and done wild card shot. This wild card stuff is so much junk. The next thing you know, it will be like the NBA, if you have a .500 record, you are the fourth seed in your division.

Joe

July 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

Greinke goes to the Angels so I guess Batista is Frank Wren’s big signee. I guess he just couldn’t part with Julio Teheran who is doing absolutely nothing at Gwinnett. Yeah sign me up for the FIRE FRANK WREN CLUB!

bwhit

July 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

It is pretty clear that the Atlanta Braves’s General Manager Frank Wren is out of touch in regard to what is happening with the present team.
1. Starting pitching was a need and to the fans that was pretty obvious.Now he is reporting that the team is seeking middle relievers.(Apparently their approach has changed and their strategy will be to start anyone to go 1-2 innings and load up with relievers and pitch by committee and try and get 2-3 innings out of 6-7 relievers.The fact that he traded for a stud pitcher like Batista who is young @ 41 and is washed up over the hill makes the other teams within the division think about conceding and throwing in the towel.
2, A suggestion for Frank is to maybe hold a tryout camp for any individual who is over 35 and has ever thrown a baseball.That seems to be his thing to try and save and prolong a players career while any person who has ever been involved in coaching or playing knows that is not the way to run an organization.
3. How about trading Dan Uggla for something. He is the worst looking hitter in the major leagues.
I know the hitting coaches must be frustrated with him ,mu gut feeling tells me they have told him what changes he needs to make in his hitting approach by not trying to pull every pitch but he continues his way and look at his results.
4.Fans demand that FrankWren do something this year to make the team better. After last years collapse this years team seems to be heading down that same path.

wow

July 27th, 2012
8:04 pm

what the hell is thinking Chipper??? what a moron you are Chipper if you gonna play like an idiot stay on the bench and give a shot to Francisco….

barack o'drama

July 27th, 2012
8:22 pm

so many intelligent comments on the blog today. If only yall were gm’s and not online couch managers

HOF 10

July 27th, 2012
8:26 pm

Greinke goes to the Angels. Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. We have enough pitching and will be fine once we put Medlen into the starting rotation. Uggla getting hot is more important than acquiring anyone new. And he will.

JC Boscan III

July 27th, 2012
8:32 pm

With that “2004″ logic, Phil Niekro looked pretty good back in 1982 – he was 17-4 at age 43. So, let’s go sign him………. He’s a young 73 now….. Unless we pull off a shocking Josh Johnson or Felix Hernandez (even more shocking) deal, I have this funny feeling we’ll get some guy with a 4.15 ERA and someone will try to convince us that 4.15 is good………

da[01

July 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

Javier Vasquez

JC Boscan III

July 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

The idea of putting Medlen in the rotation, getting a good reliever, and making a deal or two to strengthen our weak bench may be our best 2012 plan. Picking up some mediocre starter isn’t going to get us anywhere near a World Series. Assuming that Uggla doesn’t have a no-trade clause, it wouldn’t shock me to see him go with a couple of prospects in a blockbuster deal. The inconsistency is killing us. We have a lineup that under-performs against lefties, and Uggla is one of the culprits. Against lefties:

Bourne .266, Heyward .222, Freeman .233, McCann .248, Uggla .226 and Janish .188. Simmons is hitting .295, so that will help when he returns. Our bench against lefties: Hinske .067, Francisco .226.

JR

July 27th, 2012
8:37 pm

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Max Sizemore

July 27th, 2012
8:37 pm

BravesFan79, Matsui can’t play any more. I live in Florida, watch most of the Rays games, and — trust me — he’s done. In July he had 26 at-bats (with 20 runners on base), and didn’t knock in a single one. Watch, no one else will pick him up.

JR

July 27th, 2012
8:39 pm

Get rid of jurrgens he’s toast

FSUBrave

July 27th, 2012
8:42 pm

Wren is a dagum genius buddy..glad he works for the braves..haha

William

July 27th, 2012
8:52 pm

Yeah. I agree that with o’drama’s comment. We have a lot of people on here who are smarter than Wren and all the personnel evaluators for the Braves. Bwhit, you’re so smart that you think the Braves traded for Batista! LOL! I don’t know if you have a “whit” of sense. It’s funny to hear some of you get so worked up over a minor league transaction. Pace yourselves….someone might just die of a heart attack on this blog before the season ends. LOL! Have a wonderful evening.

barack o'drama

July 27th, 2012
9:04 pm

trade for johnson and bonifacio. and make me a player manager = world series rings for all my homies

HAL

July 27th, 2012
10:40 pm

tell me is ben sheets one of franks over the hill cheap sighnings if he is maybe leave frank alone i dont mind the 3 wins he has in a row while the future ace 1.gives up 7hit 7 baseob balls and seven steals but everyonbe knows hes got big time stufff in a 98 ohh errr 78mph fastball and knee buckling frisbie

BravesFanInNashville

July 27th, 2012
11:10 pm

HOF 10 …….. Agree with your comments about Medlen starting and Uggla getting hot. I think we might have gotten lucky to make neither trade, Dempster or Greinke. We’d give up too much and probably have close to as good solutions in house without giving up a prospect. I say the only way we give up Teheran, Delgado or Minor is if we get a stud OF in return. Our IF is going to be set with Prado, Simmons, Uggla and Freeman. Brian McCann is with us next year and then probably goes to an AL team so he can extend his career by DH’ing when he’s not catching. We need to sign Bourn to a long term deal and find a left fielder. The pitching will work itself out with the three I just mentioned and Medlen and Vizcaino and Gilmartian we will have 3 solid starters emerge from that group and that’s enough to build on. I cringe at the thought of paying north of $100 Million for a pitcher. History shows those to almost always be bad contracts.

Kevin Brown – Bad Contract
Mike Hampton – Bad Contract
Cliff Lee – So far Bad Contract and could be a disaster for the Phillies
Johan Santana – Bad Contract

The only one that was really a big pitchers contract that has been worth it so far has been CC. Sabathia’s and he’s not halfway through yet. If he get’s hurt or goes into decline that will also be a bad contract at the end for the Yankees.

I think we have a great farm system loaded with great pitching prospects let’s let a few of them develop and enjoy the early years of league minimum pay with them and pay Prado and Bourne and Freeman and Heyward when the time comes.

Alaska Braves Fan

July 27th, 2012
11:28 pm

Those of you who are so over-the-top critical of Frank Wren: If it were in my power to give you the opportunity to function as a General Manager by committee, I would. (Well, not really; I’m not into intentional disasters.) Please compare the Braves stats with those of the rest of the NL. Just how bad is FW? Actually, he’s very, very good. I don’t always agree with him, but very often, he is proven to be correct. Also, many of you contemplate moves that require unlimited funds, and no sense of how that plays out overall. Wren – any actual GM – doesn’t have that luxury.

In a few words: You’re not competent to criticize the work of an MLB GM!!

ABF

LAG

July 27th, 2012
11:28 pm

Wait wait wait wait WHOA.

He’s 41?????

So…. why?

IdahoBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
11:33 pm

I am glad the Greinke deal fell through. I am like some folks in just leaving our future pitching to the young guys. May not get us exactly where we want to be this year but beats getting rid of potential for a rental that will demand an unreasonable long-term contract that hand cuffs us like Derek Lowe. I say roll the dice with what we have. I am just hoping that maybe Uggla will come out of his slump just in time. The fortunate part of that is that he is not slumping at the end where we need him the most, given that he comes out of it soon. These rental deals always kill us in the long run.

dylan

July 28th, 2012
1:13 am

Well, now that they let greinke slip away, the braves should work a trade with the phils for cliff lee and Dominic brown. if say give delgado, terdoslavich, and another prospect or 2, dump diaz and bring up Evan gattis, deal uggla, Hanson and mccann(don’t crucify me, love bmac, but he’s peaked and he’s too inconsistent) for Lester, salty, and Daniel bard.

Don’t look at cliffs stats for this season, philly is as bad as new Yankee stadium I’m terms of little league ballpark size, same with Lester. Salty is much better defensively, and the braves can platoon Ross and salty, until bethancourt is ready. Move prado to second, brown to left, gattis is your power righty off the bench, then you got as your rotation

1.cliff lee
2.Timmy
3.Lester
4.sheets
5. Minor
We get much more consistent on offense and on the staff, gives gilmartin and viscaino and teheran real time to develop and sets the braves up for a deep post season run.

Lineup would be
1.Bourn 2.prado 3. Heyward 4.freeman 5. Chipper 6. Salty 7.brown 8. Simmons.

a fan

July 28th, 2012
8:08 am

Wow 4 really knowledgeable fans on one blog 280 fools on Schultz’s blog.
Congrats to HOF10, Brave in Nashville, Alaska and Idaho I’m with you all.

Long time fan

July 28th, 2012
10:57 am

Lets be optimistiic about things peeps. Tuesday is the deadline to make a trade without problems. I hope the braves try to do something during the August period where you hold your breath and hope. Besides if all else fails Meddie starts against the fillets and life is okay.

Mikey

July 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

Now that Ben Sheets has won 3 consecutive games within the division and allowed 1 run in 18 innings pitched and seems to add a top of the rotation presence where are all the accolades on what a brilliant move Wren pulled off without mortgaging the future?

Teddy B

July 28th, 2012
4:47 pm

YES! Medlen to start Tuesday! About time

Teddy B

July 28th, 2012
4:50 pm

Hey Dylan….heres an idea, lets just scramble everything up, trade half our guys for nobodies, and end up with nothing like the team that has got us in 2nd place knocking on the Nats door. Oh wait that’s an awful lot like your idea, sorry about that. Wouldn’t want to take credit for you solving the rubik’s cube puzzle that is the Braves. Seriously these guys have chemistry now, leave them be and watch them win.

dylan

July 28th, 2012
5:40 pm

Teddy b remind me again what exactly this current team has won? The offense is much too streaky to maintain a prolonged winning streak, and our pitching staff consists, as it has consisted of for the opast few seasons, of middle to back end rotation guys without a true ace. All this team is geared for is a first round exit, same as usual. I don’t know why you have to jump on me and attack without offering a solution. Yes uggla could get super hot again, but as his career will show you, that streak will be followed by an extreme cold spell.
Giving up mccann would suck because he is a home grown kid, but again, look at his career numbers, he’s almost as streaky as uggla. And when his bat goes cold, his inept defense hurts more than helps. Tell me you’d rather have our rotation than the one I proposed and ill show you someone who knows nothing about the game.

dylan

July 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

And cliff lee and jon lester nobodies? Do you even watch baseball? Or just hit the braves highlights? Cliff lee is one of the most dominant playoff pitchers around, and lester is a dominant 5 pitch lefty. And getting rid of 2 rightys in our rotation for two ace leftys makes us a much harder team to beat in the playoffs because teams will have to shuffle lineups game to game.

Better luck next time

dylan

July 28th, 2012
6:31 pm

And we’ve been “knocking on the nats door” all season. You know why we’ve been knocking but can’t open the door? Because the offense and the pitching staff is much too inconsistent to vchallenge. Think about it, strasburg and gio are both better than anyone on our staff, zimmerman is as good as any but huddy, and jackson would be, at the lowest our number three. Couple that with the consistency of the nats offense and knocking is all we’ll be doing this season.

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