MLB NOTEBOOK: Nationals reach deal with ex-Mariner Batista

  • Fri Jan 29th, 2010 10:44pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Pitcher Miguel Batista and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Batista posted a 7-4 record with one save and a 4.04 earned-run average in 56 relief appearances for the Seattle Mariners last season. He is 95-108 with 39 saves and a 4.54 ERA in 530 games, including 237 starts, across 15 seasons with eight major-league clubs.

The deal is the latest example of Washington’s attempts to rebuild its bullpen. The Nationals finished with the worst record in the majors for the second season in a row in 2009, going 59-103.

Saunders, Angels agree

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Left-hander Joe Saunders and the Los Angeles Angels agreed Friday to a $3.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing next month. The 28-year-old was 16-7 with a 4.60 ERA last year and has a 33-14 record in the last two seasons.

Nady finalizes contract with Cubs

CHICAGO — Xavier Nady finalizing his $3.3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs Friday. The deal, agreed to earlier this week, was contingent on the 31-year-old outfielder passing a physical — he underwent his second elbow ligament replacement surgery in July and appeared in just seven games with the New York Yankees last season.

Feldman, Rangers agree

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman, a 17-game winner last season, agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $2,425,000.

Feldman began last season in the bullpen before the Rangers moved him into their starting rotation April 25. All 17 of his victories came as a starter.

Athletics reach deal with Wuertz

OAKLAND, Calif. — Right-hander Michael Wuertz agreed to a $5.25 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics that avoided salary arbitration Friday.