Mets Sign LHP Chuck James, answering "Who Is Chuck James?"

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 29: Chuck James of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the ninth inning of their game on May 29, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Angels defeated the Twins 6-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have signed left-handed pitcher Chuck James to a minor league deal and will receive an invite to spring training, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN via twitter.

  • Here's the Mets official release:

James, 30, split last season between Minnesota and Rochester (AAA) of the International League. The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Atlanta began the year with the Red Wings before the Twins purchased his contract on May 28. James appeared in eight games out of the Twins’ bullpen without recording a decision and compiled a 6.10 ERA (seven earned runs/10.1 innings). He was optioned to Rochester on June 16 and finished the year with the Red Wings, posting a 3-2 record, one save and a 2.30 ERA (16 earned runs/62.2 innings) in 38 games.

Originally drafted by Atlanta in the 20th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, James made his major league debut with the Braves in 2005. In 72 major league games, 55 starts, James is 24-19 with a 4.53 ERA (164 earned runs/326.0 innings).

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