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Mets sign Fernando Abad to minor-league deal

The Mets are bringing aboard a veteran left-hander to provide bullpen depth.

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The Mets have signed left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad to a minor-league deal, according to Tim Healey of Newsday.

The 32-year-old left-hander was recently released by the Phillies, and the NL East foe Mets wasted no time picking up Abad. Abad made 48 appearances last season with the Red Sox where he pitched to a 3.30 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Abad could be used as a left-handed specialist, or as a stretched out long reliever. However, he will have to compete to make the roster first.

Abad has spent eight big league seasons with five different clubs, so the journey-man will be playing for his sixth career team in 2018. Abad has been inconsistent over his career, but has posted a respectable career 3.65 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 317.2 innings pitched. It is unclear as to whether or not he will begin the season with the big league club, but Mets fans can expect to see Abad at some point this season.