Braves To Sign Miguel Batista

The Braves have agreed to sign Miguel Batista, David Lennon of Newsday reports (on Twitter). The Mets released the 41-year-old right-hander yesterday after designating him for assignment.

Batista posted a 4.82 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 46 2/3 innings for the Mets this year, including five starts. Batista joined the Mets last summer on a minor league deal and signed another with the club in January. The 18-year veteran has a 4.49 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in his career.

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  1. From Dempster Diving to Dumpster Diving..

  2. TophersReds 3 years ago

    The Braves sure love these kinds of pitchers.

    • 14 Rocks 3 years ago

      Frank Wren certainly does. He loves trading away good young relievers and signing garbage “veteran presence” relievers.

      • that is why the Braves will fall short again in either missing the postseason or making it, but exiting in the NLDS. Miguel Batista is a mediocre pitcher at best, they will be lucky if they get Grienke from the Brewers.

        • CowboyJames 3 years ago

          So if the Braves MAKE THE PLAYOFFS but exit in the first round, thats Frank Wren’s fault for signing Miguel Batista on July 27th. Do you hear yourself?

        • CowboyJames 3 years ago

          Hello? Somebody? Anybody?

      • CowboyJames 3 years ago

        Honest question, not trying to be a wise guy because I respect you, but, What young relievers has he traded away?

      • Braves Fan 85
        Braves2014Champs 3 years ago

        the only relievers he traded were unproven minor leaguers who had horrible sucxess this year on the big clubs they were traded too and have been either sent down or released

  3. switchhitingjesus 3 years ago

    And later calls the Braves the best team in baseball.

  4. BaseballLogic_Braves 3 years ago

    All I see is Livan Hernandez.

    • gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

      hes better than livan but hes still old

    • elijah82 3 years ago

      Seriously. They get rid of Livan Hernandez and now they pick up Bautista? Why did they let go of Livan in the first place?

      • BaseballLogic_Braves 3 years ago

        I wish they picked up Bautista. But unfortunately, we got Batista.

  5. Becky Lee 3 years ago

    lol have fun

  6. Natsfan89 3 years ago

    The Braves pitching woes are solved

    • gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

      hahaha……chill out

    • gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

      u just better hope strasburg dont get shut down

      • Natsfan89 3 years ago

        Why’s that? The Nats still have a better rotation than the Braves even without Strasburg.

        • vtadave 3 years ago

          True. Edwin Jackson would be the Braves’ #1 starter.

          • CowboyJames 3 years ago

            Yea really, as if Strasburg shutdown makes the Braves the favorite. I have seen a few of the same people making the same silly comments…thats all im saying about this one. Disclaimer: I am a Braves fan, but my fellow Braves fans are mostly off base and out of touch with reality so I apologize for them. That said, this Braves team is pretty darn good. Wren has done a nice job and continues to do so. Nats are better. That’s not to say the Braves can’t beat them, just that they are better.

        • Want to remind us all when the last time the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals won a playoff game?All i have to do is look at their history on baseball reference to have an EXTREMELY good laugh.

  7. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    pfffftt who needs Greinke? We got Batista son!!!! Lol, j/k, have fun in AAA we’ll see ya in september.

  8. TylerB526 3 years ago

    Forget about that Dempster guy! Championship right here.

  9. Patrick Tuck 3 years ago

    And there solves the Braves ace problems.

  10. sdsny 3 years ago

    I’d say pitching in a pitcher’s park would help, but he pitched in Citi Field. This has to be a depth move.

    • CoreyC 3 years ago

      I’m hoping it’s a move to allow Medlen to take JJ’s spot in the rotation.

      • CowboyJames 3 years ago

        No thats not happening unless more starters go on the DL

    • Blue387 3 years ago

      How will it cut down the 6 BB/9 rate?

  11. gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

    com on man

  12. CoreyC 3 years ago


  13. gregdiehardbravesfan 3 years ago

    well guys WREN did sign SHEETS so let give him credit cause miguel can threw mid 90’s

    • sdsny 3 years ago

      Different situation. Batista has been pitching in the big leagues, and not very well. Sheets hadn’t made a start in 2 years, but before his injuries he was a good pitcher.

  14. Check this guy’s stats…the Braves could use a younger guy in relief who walks a lot of hitters. This guys “whip” is terrible.

  15. Really…?? That’s what you’ve been working on all week?

  16. Probably depth in case we can’t sign an ace. Medlen moves back to rotation and Batista becomes the long man/bridge. Smart move. He was free.

  17. Really? That’s what you’ve been working on this week?

  18. It’s a minor signing and gives the bullpen depth in September. We’ll see what else Wren’s got. Running out of time.

  19. Hiroo Nishi 3 years ago

    So the Braves solution to landing an ace? Ryan Dempster? Zac Greinke? James Shield? No, it’s Miguel Batista!! All I can do is laugh because its just a name that comes out of nowhere….

  20. Sandy Alderson’s secret plan revealed! Export elements of the Mets pigpen to division rivals to propel the Mets forward!!!

    • JaySchu 3 years ago

      I dunno about you, but I think we should see if they’ll take Beato and Rauch off our hands too.

  21. Rob Lucci 3 years ago

    so i guess Atlanta want to collapse two seasons in a row.

  22. esasc4 3 years ago

    Well wren can now say, ” we got our ace pitcher, so now iam going fishing, see you guys in the world series” every other team is buying up pitchers, sluggers, relievers and wren is buying up all the old folks. Now watch, he is going to come out and say ” I got us the most important part for our push for the playoffs” hahahahaha this is pathetic!

    • thats because a. Wren is the worst GM in the history of the Braves because all he wants is people that aint worth a crap now b. the braves are owned by the worst owners in mlb Liberty Media that dont give a crap about Atlanta winning or spending money on them. c. believe it or not Atlanta Braves stadium is in the worst part of ATL and will never draw crowds unless they actually move the stadium to the subarbs areas or move the Braves all together

      • CowboyJames 3 years ago

        They really should block your posts, worst GM in history? You sir are showing your lack of baseball knowledge in full…you need to stop making yourself look…well…like almost every other Braves fan…geez I cant believe I’m trying to talk to these people again. I’m done, good day

    • Robb Logan 3 years ago

      Do you only read the headlines or do you actually read the story also? A AAA depth move is all this is. If a trade does happen and some youth is moved you will need an emergency arm or two. Nothing wrong with a strictly depth signing on a minor league deal.

    • CowboyJames 3 years ago

      Intelligent post. Geez you people kill me

  23. BraveCrowe 3 years ago

    Its apparent that a majority of you have no idea how baseball really works out. This is not a signing for a starter, this is for the 40 man call up in September…you know…add some depth to our pen…for cheap…without giving up a prospect.

    Oh by the way the Durbin and Sheets signing were both just garbage, both of those low risk signings have been just awful. oh wait…

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Yeah it’s comical how folks overreact to these meaningless signings. It’s not like the trade deadline is in 5 minutes either.

    • mynameiskevin 3 years ago

      But Durbin actually has been awful.

      • CowboyJames 3 years ago

        How could you possibly say that Durban has been “awful”?

      • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

        Just because he hasn’t looked good doing it doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten decent results for them. He’s actually been somewhat effective in most of his outings.

      • Braves Fan 85
        Braves2014Champs 3 years ago

        have u even paid attenion to the Braves this year? yeah durbin did start out pretty bad but I think about the begininng of may he has been pretty dominant ever since his numbers even look good

        • CowboyJames 3 years ago

          Correct. Durbin has been the most consistent bullpen piece in Atlanta. Short of CK that is

        • mynameiskevin 3 years ago

          Yes, Durbin has appeared to have turned it around through pitching in low-leverage situations to bring his ERA and WHIP back to respectable levels. But he’s benefited from an extremely low BABIP and a high strand rate, and for a non-strikeout pitcher like Durbin, it’s very unlikely to expect him to continue pitching as well as he is. Unless the rest of the bullpen is being overworked, he should not be seen as a primary or secondary setup man. O’Flaherty, Medlen and even Martinez and Venters (although for them it’s more because they’ve simply had down years) are all more reliable options then Durbin.

  24. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    I guess Jamie Moyer is on the Braves Radar…

    • CowboyJames 3 years ago

      No he is nowhere near the Braves radar, he and Chipper aint exactly fishin’ buddies

  25. I said it once and Ill say it again…if the Braves do not make a major trade for either a pitcher or bat…say what you want…if your pitcher gives up 2 runs and you only score once…you got issues…then tell me we need a pitcher…why dont we try to out slug em and actually run the score up…then well attract a pitcher that says ha I wanna play for them because they are actually gonna score run for me…But instead Wren always wants these washed up guys that arent gonna do anything but fail…only bright spot so far this year…Ben Sheets and his return…great story there…other than that…BRAVES WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS…why proved it with about 10 game lead with one month to go…FIRE FREDI GONZALEZ…Boston wised up and did it…why cant the braves actually learn anything

    • navarrobcn 3 years ago

      Braves are the 3rd best team in runs scored in the NL, I think the problem is the inconsitency of the rotation more than the runs produced…

      • then explain to me this one…if they are the 3rd best…why is it that everytime a player comes to ATL suck…leave ATL great…the Braves messed up when they got rid of Don Baylor or Clarence Jones if Im not mistaken…think about who the hitting coaches are after that…TP…he was never known for offense…suck at it to be exact…Lance Parrish…ok give me a break…that one should speak for itself…if you want to mold a team after someone…look at the Dodgers…Mr Baseball Don Mattingly hitting coach as well as manager…can work on em both if he wants too…I saw Fredi thrown bp the other day to Uggla what in the hell does he know about batting…heres his stats thats right…he has none…Hanley said it best…if you have never played in baseball before…then why should you be considered as a coach…the best solution they shoudl have gotten…Ryan Sandberg…man I would love to see him manage the Braves

        • Robb Logan 3 years ago

          Michael Bourn has only improved the current group after that trade, Again this is a self defeating post on your part, sorry.

        • CowboyJames 3 years ago

          Rodney my best friend in the world is just like you. I bet you also subscribe to the theory that the braves get shut down by mediocre pitchers and mash up on the Halladay’s and Strasburg’s of the world. All I can say is you guys have very short memories. Also it’s forgettable if you score 7 runs on Joe Blanton. However if you score 7 on Halladay or if Joe Blanton 3-hits you then that tends to stick in the memory. I don’t mean to be disrespectful. Just trying to point people to reality.

        • navarrobcn 3 years ago

          I agree about the battling struggles last seasons, of course, but I was talking about this season… Uggla is struggling but Bourn, Prado, Chipper, Heyward, Freeman and lately McCann are doing great. This team with another solid starter coul be a strong candidate, IMO

        • CowboyJames 3 years ago

          Sorry cant help it…”Don Baylor or Clarence Jones if I’m not mistaken”-Here you are admitting you really dont know, “TP”-Who ?, “Lance Parrish…ok give me a break”-actually that was Larry Parrish but whatever. You are diputs

    • CowboyJames 3 years ago

      Hmm… Boston fired Fredi Gonzalez? Really? Also you say “Wren always wants these washed up guys that arent going to do anything but fail” and follow that up with “Ben Sheets…great story there” which is you providing evidence to support an argument against yourself. Sorry buddy but this post is full of mis-informed opinion…

  26. Strictly a minor league depth move. he won’t be on the roster until they expand.

  27. Bryan Hunt 3 years ago

    This is obviously a move to add an arm to the AAA starting rotation, and gives him a shot at making the call up to the 40 man roster. But with the recent promotion of Gilmartin, MAYBE they are preparing for the departure of one or two current AAA starters via a trade?????

    • CowboyJames 3 years ago

      Yea they all crying about the move and they are oblivious that you have to sign somebody if you deal a few pitchers for, say…Greinke. But if Wren aquires Greinke they will just say he should have gotten Cy Young or Old Hoss

  28. Braves Fan 85
    Braves2014Champs 3 years ago

    i guess the only positive thing i can say here is miguel bautista won a couple games for the 01 Dbacks that beat the yankees in the ws

  29. Guest 3 years ago

    the Mets have a better chance of catching the Braves after this move then before !!!

  30. Calm down folks. This move was for depth in the rotation at Gwinnett. The dodgers dont want Dempster, so that makes his price tag go down if the Cubs want to trade him. We will get Dempster for a couple of mid level prospects, then sign Greinke in the off season.

  31. The Braves have always signed unnamed players for the last 30 years and have only one title. Why don’t they go out and go for the big guns and sign somebody that will pull them over the top? This is the same thing I have seen for over 30 years. They need to run Frank Wren clean out of Georgia. And hire a new GM, that will make trades before the deadline that will benefit the Atlanta Braves and the fans. The hell with Frank Wren and Jose Bautista…We need starting pitching.

    • citizen 3 years ago

      Braves signed some pitcher named maddux as a free agent, top free agent or something like that but have rarely made big moves, except for texiera when they were somewhat in the divion race, but didnt get the return back when they traded him off knowing texiera wouldnt re sign and have a slow start. dempster was the big move, but that fell through, grienke would be nice for the long run, his playoff experience is low, just dont trade for matt garza who cant even field his position.
      The braves have enough young starters to pick and choose who to keep and who to trade and not rebuild the rangers again. Im just suprised they have the 3rd worst era this year when the pitching was suppsed to be the strenght, could be a learning curve.

  32. I mean Miguel Batista, not Jose

  33. BraveCrowe 3 years ago

    Apparently this board is loaded with sarcastic humor? because it appears to me that everyone has “Fire Frank Wren” caps on because of this signing..or is that just me?

  34. Rob Lucci 3 years ago

    hey these people are bored. They wanna see trades not Miguel Bastista sign minor league contracts, so they are bound to post dumb stuff.

  35. Rafael Bustamante 3 years ago

    You are right, this is actually a signing that shows that a big move is coming soon

  36. CowboyJames 3 years ago

    Im with ya Crowe. But you and I are the ones who need to be beat. We are trying to reason with Braves fans here…That part is our fault. They cant understand that Wrens minor moves (Livan, Fransisco, Durbin, Sheets, Janish, Batista) are low risk/high reward moves. They dont handcuff the franchise if they dont work out. Nor do they lose games for you. Also I dont think they have thought this much about it but I for one trust Batista much more than I do Varvaro, Gearrin, Avilan, or even Moylan. Wren is a fine GM. No hes not on Pat Gillick’s level yet but he’s doing a fine job.

  37. CowboyJames 3 years ago

    As you did…after this particular post. Good Job.

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