The Nationals agreed to terms with pitcher Miguel Batista on a minor league deal, according to a team press release.
Finishing up a three-year, $25MM deal with the Mariners, Batista was a $9MM middle reliever last year. He posted a 4.04 ERA, 6.6 K/9, and 4.9 BB/9 on the season. Funny quote from Batista to John Hickey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before the season:
"You don't pay a guy $9 million to pitch middle relief. Well, maybe the Yankees do. My concern is to stay healthy and help the team and we will find some neutral ground."
Batista shouldn't have a shot at the closer job in Washington, but he might be able to crack the rotation.