Posted by Mack Ade at 5:02 PM
The New York Mets announced they have signed OF Bobby Kielty, RHP Tony Armas Jr., RHP Matt DeSalvo and LHP Valerio de los Santos to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp.
OF Frank Diaz and RHP Tim McNab were also signed to minor league deals.
Kielty, 32, played just 49 games last season and split the majority of that time between Rochester and Pawtucket. He hit .233 with five home runs and 32RBI in 163 at-bats in the minors. Kielty has played 599 major league games with Minnesota, Toronto, Oakland and Boston. His last major league at-bat was with the Red Sox: a pinch-hit home run in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series.
Armas Jr., 5-7 with a 2.54ERA in 17 starts with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate last season, the New Orleans Zephyrs. He also appeared in three games for the Mets and went 1-0 with a 7.56ERA. Armas Jr. is 53-65 with a 4.65ERA in 185 career MLB games with Montreal, Washington, Pittsburgh and New York.
DeSalvo, 28, was the New York Yankees’ Triple-A Pitcher of the Year in 2007 after going 9-5 with a 2.70ERA with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Last season, he pitched two games out of the bullpen for Atlanta while going 2-11 with a 4.87ERA in 34 games with Richmond.
de lo Santos, 36, was 4-5 with a 5.63ERA in 23 games and eight starts last season for Triple-A Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League. He also made two appearances with the Colorado Rockies in 2008. The southpaw is a career 9-13 with a 4.57ERA in 235 big league games with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Toronto, Florida and the Rockies.
Diaz, 25, reached the Triple-A level for the first time in 2008. In 38 games with Columbus, he hit .291 with six doubles, 11 RBI and four stolen bases. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Montreal Expos in 2000.
McNab, 28, was 3-3 with a 5.55ERA in 50 games with New Orleans last season. He is a career 32-31 with a 4.28ERA in 256 career minor league games.