The New York Mets have signed veteran pitcher C.J. Nitkowski, according to his Twitter (via MLB Rumors).
I haven't pitched in AA in 17 yrs but you take an opportunity when it presents itself & run with it. This is it, last shot. Thank you @Mets— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) July 13, 2012
As his tweet mentions, he will be reporting to the Double-A Binghamton Mets. The 39-year-old lefty last pitched in the majors with the Washington Nationals in 2005, and has been active in Japan and Korea. He auditioned for the Mets back in March, and according to those reports he's transitioned to throwing sidearm. The former first round pick played for seven teams over ten years in the majors, posting an 18-32 record. He's also a local, born in Suffern, New York and graduating from St. Johns in Queens.
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