The Miguel Batista experiment lasted all of one start, as the Mets designated the 41-year-old right-hander for assignment Sunday after he gave up four runs in three innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.
After spending the previous couple of months in middle relief, Batista was named Dillon Gee’s rotation replacement. However, it appears Matt Harvey will come up next week and get a crack at the job.
Mets manager Terry Collins said he hoped Batista would clear waivers (likely) and would agree to pitch in the minors rather than elect for free agency (possible).
Harvey actually did just as bad as Batista yesterday, giving up six runs in five innings in a loss for Buffalo. Still, the 2010 first-round pick is worth a look. He’s 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA and a 112/48 K/BB ratio in 110 innings for Buffalo.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.