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Mets sign Stolmy Pimentel to minor league deal

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The right-handed pitcher last played for Texas.

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The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. In three major league seasons, Pimentel has a 4.39 ERA and a 3.85 FIP, with 54 strikeouts and 21 walks over 53.1 innings pitched.

Although he was used mostly as a starter during his minor league career, Pimentel has been used exclusively as a reliever over his 33 major league appearances. Pimentel last pitched for the Rangers, but Mets fans may remember him for his impressive performance against the Mets in 2014. He pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Gerrit Cole, striking out seven Mets hitters while allowing just two hits and one intentional walk.

Pimentel is obviously no lock to secure a bullpen spot and may even be considered a long shot to make the team out of spring training, but he is not without upside. The 25-year-old averaged 94 miles per hour on his fastball in his time in the big leagues in 2015 and has the potential to be a useful bullpen arm.