Mets re-sign 40-year-old Miguel Batista to minor-league deal

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As part of their ongoing effort to stockpile cheap pitching depth the Mets have re-signed 40-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista to a minor-league contract.

Batista was called upon to make a spot start in the Mets’ season finale and shockingly threw a complete-game shutout against the Reds to lower his ERA to 3.60, but his overall performance wasn’t anywhere near as impressive and included more walks (33) than strikeouts (31) in 60 innings.

He doesn’t miss many bats or consistently throw strikes, but Batista is somewhat handy to have around because he’s willing to fill any role on the pitching staff. He’ll compete for a spot in spring training and could be a temporary rotation fill in if Johan Santana isn’t ready to begin the season on the active roster.