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Mets sign pitchers Ben Rowen and Cory Burns to minor league deals

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Rowen also received an invitation to major league spring training.

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The New York Mets have signed right-handed pitchers Ben Rowen and Cory Burns to minor league deals. Rowen received an invitation to spring training, while Burns did not.

Rowen pitched in four games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016, allowing six runs, five of which were earned, good for a 15.00 ERA. Before that, he had made stops in the minors for the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs. Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2010, his only other major league stint came in 2014 for the Rangers, where he had a 4.15 ERA over 8 appearances. Rowen will likely function as minor league bullpen depth for the Mets in 2017.

Burns, who coincidentally made his debut against the Mets in a relief appearance, hasn’t pitched in a major league game in three years. He last appeared with the Rangers in 2013, where he held a 3.18 ERA to go along with a 5.43 FIP.