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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Mets sign righty Socolovich

By Adam Rubin

The Mets have signed right-hander Miguel Socolovich to a minor league contract with a spring-training invite.

Socolovich, a 27-year-old Venezuelan, appeared in 11 games in relief for Hiroshima in Japan this past season, posting a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.

He began 2013 with Hiroshima's Western League affiliate in Japan, ultimately making 12 appearances and producing a 1.29 ERA with three saves at that level. He had calf issues there as well as right shoulder issues at the higher level.

He appeared in a combined 12 games with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs in 2012, posting a 6.06 ERA.

Socolovich currently is pitching for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela, which is managed by Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens.