Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Mets signed relief pitcher Ricky Bottalico to a minor-league contract Wednesday and asked him to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Bottalico, 34, appeared in just two games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season and pitched just 1 2/3 innings. He was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA, spending most of the year with Arizona's Triple-A affiliate in Tucson.
The six-foot righthander opened his career with Philadelphia and spent seven seasons with the Phillies during two stints in the city. He was an All Star with the team in 1996, posting a career-best 34 saves during that season and again in 1997.
During a 10-year major league career, Bottalico is 28-38 with a 4.03 ERA and 114 saves over 462 relief appearances with Philadelphia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Arizona.