Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mets sign RHP Kevin Mulvey to Minor League deal


Four years later, one of the key pieces in the Johan Santana trade is back with the Mets.

The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Mulvey -- one of four players they dealt to Minnesota for Santana after the 2007 season -- to a Minor League contract.

Mulvey, 26, appeared in just two big league games for the Twins and eight for the D-backs, most recently in 2010. Arizona released him last month, following a 2011 season that saw

Mulvey post a 6.64 ERA over 19 starts with Triple-A Reno.

The Mets' top pick (62nd overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Mulvey joined pitchers Phil Humber and Deolis Guerra and outfielder Carlos Gomez in the January 2008 deal that sent Santana to New York. As a prerequisite to the trade, the Mets extended Santana's contract for six years and $137.5 million -- a record at the time for pitchers.


Though Santana has not pitched in a big league game since September 2010 due to a left shoulder injury, none of the players the Mets dealt to Minnesota ever blossomed into stars. Humber has enjoyed the most success of the group, breaking out in his White Sox debut last season. Gomez developed into a part-time player for the Twins and later the Brewers, with Guerra yet to crack the Major Leagues.

Mulvey will report to Mets Minor League camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
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