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Mets sign right-hander Mitchell to Minors deal

NEW YORK -- The Mets signed right-hander D.J. Mitchell to a Minor League contract, the team announced on Monday. Mitchell will report to extended spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Mitchell, 25, appeared in four games out of the bullpen for the Yankees last season, posting a 3.86 ERA. The Mariners subsequently acquired him as part of the trade that sent Ichiro Suzuki to the Bronx, and Mitchell made one start for Seattle's Triple-A Tacoma affiliate this season before being designated for assignment.

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Over five Minor League seasons, Mitchell is 47-26 with a 3.53 ERA in 103 games -- 96 as a starter. He should give the Mets a measure of rotation depth after the team designated left-hander Aaron Laffey for assignment on Sunday.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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