Mets sign four to minor league deals

Updated: January 29, 2009, 6:48 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Four players coming off poor seasons agreed Thursday to minor league contracts with the New York Mets: outfielder Bobby Kielty, right-handers Tony Armas Jr. and Matt DeSalvo, and left-hander Valerio de los Santos.

Kielty has not played in the major leagues since 2007, when he pinch hit in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series and homered on the first pitch from Colorado's Brian Fuentes. It put Boston ahead 4-1, and the Red Sox went on to win 4-3 for their second World Series title in four seasons.

That was the only at-bat of the Series for Kielty. The 32-year-old spent last year in the minors with the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins, hitting a combined .233 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 49 games and 163 at-bats with four teams.

Armas Jr. was 1-0 with a 7.56 ERA in three appearances with the Mets last year and the 30-year-old won his only start, July 1 at St. Louis. He was 5-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 17 starts at Triple-A New Orleans.

DeSalvo, 28, had a 31.50 ERA in two relief appearances for Atlanta last season, allowing seven runs and 11 hits in two innings. He was 2-11 with a 4.87 ERA in eight starts and 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Richmond.

De los Santos was 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts for Colorado last year, when he went 4-5 with a 5.63 ERA in eight starts and 15 relief appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs.


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