6:51 pm July 27, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
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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