Mets sign Miguel Batista, Fernando Cabrera & Sean Kazmar

The Mets have signed free-agent RHPs Miguel Batista and Fernando Cabrera to minor league contracts, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Also, the Mets have signed SS Sean Kazmar,” who will go directly to minor league camp,” Adam Rubin added on Twitter.

Batista appeared in nine games for the Mets and 26 games for the Cardinals in 2011. Overall, he had a 2.42 ERA in five starts and a 4.50 ERA in 30 relief appearances, during which he struck out 31 batters in 59 innings.

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Matthew Cerrone: I’m thinking Batista is going to be Sandy Alderson’s ‘swingman,’ which he talked about still needing to acquire in a conference call with reporters last week. That’s fine. He can do the job, which is to go to spring training, compete, maybe end up Buffalo, then be available to make a spot start or pitch in relief at the major-league level in the event the need arises.

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Cabrera did not pitch in the big leagues during 2011.

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