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Mets sign Jim Henderson to minor league deal

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The former Brewer closer will provide valuable minor league bullpen depth.

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The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Jim Henderson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 33-year-old made his major league debut with the Brewers in 2012, posting strong results—with 13.21 strikeouts per nine innings.

His success continued in 2013, when he took over the as the Brewers' closer and locked down 28 games in 32 opportunities. Henderson struggled over eleven innings in 2014 before undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He spent all of 2015 in the minor leagues, but he struggled, with a 4.55 ERA and a 5.39 FIP in Triple-A.

While it's not the sexiest bullpen addition, Henderson offers some decent upside for the Mets at basically no risk. He's always posted high walk rates and given up a few too many home runs, but Henderson could be a solid upgrade to the Mets middle relief corp if he rediscovers his elite strikeout rate.