The Braves sign Miguel Batista for some reason

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Aaron Gleeman said this yesterday after Miguel Batista got released by the Mets:

It’s hard to imagine Batista getting another big-league job at this point, but then again I’ve been saying that since about 2008.

He’ll get a chance to say it again, because the Braves just signed Batista.

Atlanta had Livan Hernandez for a while this year and then they released him, so I’m not sure why they want a less-durable, more literary version of him. I guess they just missed having a way-past-his-sell-date former Washington Nationals swingman on the roster. We all have our kinks.

Batista pitched 46 and two-thirds innings for the Mets this year, starting in five games and coming out of the pen for 25. He notched a 4.82 ERA and struck out 34 while walking 31 (!) batters.

If any of you are seeing anything in that stat line that I’m missing which would help a team with pretensions of contending, please feel free to point it out to me in the comments. Because I’m at a total loss.

 

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.