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Monday, January 6, 2014
Mets sign catcher Teagarden to minors deal

By Adam Rubin

The Mets have signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league contract with spring-training invite.

Teagarden, 30, presumably would join Juan Centeno at Triple-A, with Anthony Recker backing up Travis d'Arnaud at the major league level. Officially, though, Teagarden would compete with Recker for the backup catcher spot.

Teagarden hit .167 with two homers and five RBIs in 60 at-bats with the Baltimore Orioles last season. He has a .206 average and 20 homers in 467 career at-bats over six seasons with the Orioles and Texas Rangers.