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Mets sign six to Minor League deals

Mets sign six to Minor League deals

The Mets announced on Tuesday the signing of six players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training -- infielders Russ Adams, Andy Green, Mike Hessman and Mike Cervenak, right-hander R.A. Dickey and outfielder Jesus Feliciano.

Adams spent most of the 2009 season in the Triple-A affiliates for the Blue Jays and Padres, batting .294 with 30 RBIs in 84 games. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has mostly played shortstop since being selected by Toronto in the first round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and he sports a .247 batting average in parts of five big league seasons.

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Green appeared in four games with the Mets this past season, and spent most of the year at Triple-A Buffalo, where the 32-year-old utility man batted .259.

Hessman, a 31-year-old who's played mostly third base, spent the 2009 season in the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate, where he finished fifth in the league with 23 home runs, but hit just .217 in 131 games.

Cervenak, a 33-year-old third baseman, played for Triple-A Lehigh Valley of the Phillies' organization this past season, batting .305 with nine homers and 77 RBIs while making his second consecutive International League All-Star Game appearance.

Dickey, 35, made the Twins' Opening Day roster and appeared in 35 games -- compiling a 4.62 ERA in 64 1/3 innings -- and then went 2-1 with a 5.13 ERA while making five starts for Triple-A Rochester.

Feliciano led the International League in hits (154) while playing for Triple-A Buffalo in 2009. The 30-year-old also finished with a career-high 30 doubles and a .311 batting average to win the Sterling Award from the Bisons as the team's most valuable player.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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