Blue Jays Release Batista (not to be confused with Bautista)

Toronto Blue Jays fans no longer have to worry about the prospect of Miguel Batista getting the nod for a spot start anytime soon; he is been released from triple-A.

The 42-year-old right-hander had signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays back in April.  Batista struggled in triple-A though, pitching to an 8.36 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9 over 28 innings.

In 2012, Batista posted a 4.61 ERA, 6.2 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 52.2 innings with both the Braves and the Mets.   The 18-year veteran was hoping to return to Toronto after last pitching for the club in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.  Batista owns a career 4.48 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 over 1956.1 innings.

It’s was nice for the Jays to give him one last shot, but at 42 and with those awful numbers, I think the days of nail biting fans while watching Batista walk a third of the line up are over.  Seemingly, it was 9 years too late.



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