Blue Jays Add Miguel Bautista on Minor League Deal
Edgar Gonzalez is just another new member of the Blue Jays bullpen. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsAt some point in time, we will finally have an answer to the question, “when will Alex Anthopolous finally be satisfied?”. However, until that moment comes, it appears like we will have plenty of signings and waiver claims to continue to talk about, especially while the bullpen in Toronto is still a moving target.
As reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-hander Miguel Bautista to a minor-league deal. The 42-year-old is expected to join Triple-A Buffalo and provide roster depth.
This will be the second tour of duty in the Blue Jays organization for Bautista, who spent time in Toronto from 2004 through 2005. He was a starter for the 2004 Blue Jays, posting a 10-13 record with a 4.80 ERA, but switched to the club’s closer in 2005, going 5-8 with 31 saves and a 4.10 ERA.
A veteran of 11 teams, Bautista pitched for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves in 2012, pitching a total of 52.2 innings and holding a 4.61 ERA on the season.
In an unrelated move, right-hander Dave Bush cleared waivers on Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. It is likely that Bush will be seen in Toronto again at some point in 2013, but he’ll need to get some innings under his belt for the Bisons after allowing four home runs in his lone appearance in 2013.
*Note – The picture attached is of Edgar Gonzalez, as our photo database does not have a current shot of Miguel Bautista on file. Just wanted to head off that comment if possible.