Trading Card Friday: Miguel Batista

Miguel Batista

In researching yesterday’s post on the Expos still playing, I was intrigued by Miguel Batista’s extensive and diverse career.

Ten days after his 17th birthday, Batista signed with Montreal as an amateur free agent and began a professional tenure that 25 years later is still going strong. Albeit, one that has seen the native of the Dominican Republic play for 12 different organizations so far and Colorado will be his 13th.

Just take a look at his transaction history:

February 29, 1988: Signed by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent
December 9, 1991: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1991 Rule V draft
April 23, 1992: Returned to the Montreal Expos
December 9, 1994: Signed as a Free Agent with the Florida Marlins
December 17, 1996: Selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs
December 12, 1997: Traded to the Montreal Expos
April 25, 2000: Traded to the Kansas City Royals
November 3, 2000: Signed as a Free Agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks
December 18, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays
December 27, 2005: Traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks
December 14, 2006: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners
January 29, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals
January 14, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals
July 4, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets
January 10, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets
July 27, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves
January 19, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies

As the late Phil Rizzuto would have said, “Holy Cow!”

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