Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mets sign Batista & Cabrera MiLB...

Photo by Michael Baron

The Mets have re-signed Miguel Batista, the 40 y/o right hander is an asset because of his flexibility especially on a minor league deal.

Batista can spot start or pitch out of the pen as a longman, the guy has a rubber arm in which he hasn't lost significant time to injury in 16 years.

Last year after coming to the Mets late in the season he appeared in 9 games with 4 starts to a 2.64 ERA.

They also signed Fernando Cabrera, probably this years Dale Thayer the dominant closer in AAA.  Cabrera has produced 8 dominant seasons in AAA pitching to a 2.67 ERA and 61 saves in 149 game finishes.  He also has 388 SO in 328 innings while on walking 137.

But that same success hasn't occurred in the majors,  over seven seasons he's appeared in 132 games to a 5.24 ERA. Despite the lack of success he has still produced solid SO numbers, in 175 innings he's struck out 193 while only walking 98.  The Mets were interested in Cabrera in 2009 before he signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.