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Mets sign pitchers Mitch Talbot, Daryl Thompson to minor league contracts

Neither player has seen major league action since 2011.

Jason Miller

The Mets announced the addition of a couple of warm bodies to their roster today. Mitch Talbot and Daryl Thompson are both right-handed pitchers who haven't had much major league success in their careers.

Talbot debuted with the Rays near the end of the 2008 season, but he spent all of 2009 in the minor leagues. In December 2009, Talbot was moved to Cleveland as one of the players traded for Kelly Shoppach, and there he found mild success as a starter in 2010. Talbot pitched 159 innings that season and accumulated a 1.0 fWAR despite a strikeout-to-walk ratio well below two.

In 2011, Talbot bounced up and down between the majors and minors with the Indians before signing with the Samsung Lions (Korea) that December. Upon returning to the States, Talbot signed with the Marlins in January, but was released just a couple of weeks ago.

Thompson was drafted in 2003 by the Expos! That instantly makes him more interesting than Talbot, though unfortunately he never got to play in Olympic Stadium. Another interesting fact about Thompson is that he was part of that giant 2006 trade that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to Washington in exchange for Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, and couple of relief pitchers.

With the Reds, Thompson moved through the minors and made his MLB debut in 2008, but he was back in the minors for all of 2009 and didn't resurface in the majors until 2011. Thompson's five runs allowed in three innings that season didn't do much to impress the Reds, so he signed a minor league deal with the Twins last season.

Last year with Triple-A Rochester, Thompson had a 4.71 ERA in 42 innings with 30 strikeouts and 25 walks. He hasn't pitched in the majors or minor leagues in 2013.