According to the Mets on Twitter, the club has signed right handed reliever Miguel Socolovich to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.
Socolovich, 27, pitched in Japan last year with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Prior to last season, Socolovich spent seven seasons in the minors with the Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles, and Cubs.
Socolovich appeared in the big leagues with both the Orioles and Cubs in 2012.
Socolovich, who features a fastball that sits in the low 90’s, a slider that sits around 83 MPH, and a changeup that sits between 81 and 82, had impressive strikeout rates between 2010 and 2012 – peaking at 11.81 strikeouts per 9 in 48n innings pitched for the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox in 2011.
This signing will probably be ripped by fans because it isn’t a big name, but these types of deals have to be made in addition to what people expect will be the “impact” acquisitions.
Socolovich will likely open 2014 with Triple-A Las Vegas.