Mets sign Paulino, Carrasco

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The New York Mets have signed catcher Ronny Paulino to a one-year contract and right-handed reliever D.J. Carrasco to a two-year deal.

Paulino was non-tendered by the Florida Marlins after he hit .259 last season with four home runs and 37 RBI in 91 games. He also threw out 42 percent of potential base stealers.

The 29-year-old backstop's season was cut short in the middle of August when he was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He will also sit out the first eight contests of the 2011 campaign while completing his suspension.

New Mets skipper Terry Collins is high on catcher Josh Thole, meaning Paulino could be relegated to backup duty.

Paulino entered the league in 2005 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and is a .273 career hitter in 475 games for the Bucs and Marlins.

Carrasco started last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was dealt at the trade deadline to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who did not offer him a contract at the end of the year.

In 63 combined appearances with the teams, he was 3-2 with a 3.68 earned run average.

The 33-year-old hurler broke into the majors with the Kansas City Royals in 2003 and has also played for the Chicago White Sox while posting a 23-18 lifetime mark with a 4.31 ERA in 244 games (23 starts).


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