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Mets announce Loewen signing

The Mets announced the signing of Adam Loewen, which had been reported last week. Here's the official press release:

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed outfielder Adam Loewen to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league Spring Training camp.

Loewen, 27, appeared in 14 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, hitting .188 (6-32) with four runs scored, one double, one home run and four RBI. The 6-6, 235-pounder also played in 134 games for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League in 2011, where he batted .306 (159-520) with 83 runs scored, 46 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 85 RBI.

The Surrey, British Columbia, native was the fourth overall selection by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Loewen began his professional career as a lefthanded pitcher and was 8-8 with a 5.38 ERA (98 earned runs/164.0 innings) in 35 games, 29 starts with the Orioles from 2006-2008. He was converted to an outfielder in 2009.

Loewen hit .246 (113-459) with 70 runs scored, 31 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 70 RBI with New Hampshire (AA) of the Eastern League in 2010.