Braves Sign Miguel Batista

Miguel Batista should just be depth in the Braves system.

According to a report by Adam Rubin of ESPN, the Atlanta Braves have signed pitcher Miguel Batista. The right-handed reliever was released this year by the Mets after posting a 4.82 ERA. Of course, his career ERA is 4.49, so I'm not sure why the Mets thought he would be much better than that ... and I'm not sure why the Braves think he will be much better that that.

Hopefully this is just a minor league depth move, and Batista will get stashed at triple-A in case he is needed. Batista has pitched for ten different Major League teams in his 18 year career.

The Braves also signed infielder Rusty Ryal, and assigned him to Gwinnett. Ryal spend parts of the '09 and '10 seasons in the Majors with Arizona. He played last year in Japan, but returned to Arizona's minor league system this year. He was released a couple of days ago by the Diamondbacks. He's mainly a corner infielder and outfielder, and is likely just minor league depth.

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