Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
He'd be alright, I guess. But he, like Padilla, could really suck it. However, I don't mind the idea of a 2 year deal--cuz Padilla's going to get 4 years at a minimum of 10 mill a year on average (escalating).
You are correct. All of the pitchers in the tier slightly above Batista (and I would argue they are all pretty much on the same tier) will get 4+ year contacts: Meche, Padilla, Lillly, etc., etc.
Batista I think you could get on a 1year with player option for 2nd year or 2 year with team option of 3rd year.
If he does suck it, he's got bullpen experience and would make a decent long or short man out of the pen. Overpriced, of course, but useful. No other FA pitchers would likely give you that flexibility.