With Castro ailing in Cuba, Seattle signs a Batista
by Bob Timmermann
Miguel Batista agreed to a three-year deal with the Mariners for $24 million Monday. Batista will be 39 when the contract ends, but as Batista says, "I don't pitch with my birth certificate. So, don't bring up my age."
The Mariners "bolstered" their starting rotation by acquiring Horacio Ramirez from Atlanta last week in exchange for reliever Rafael Soriano.