Carrasco to Mets a strong possibility

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The Mets may leave the winter meetings with reliever D.J. Carrasco.

D.J. Carrasco

Relief Pitcher

Arizona Diamondbacks


The Mets, who need relief help, are having fruitful negotiations with D.J. Carrasco. The 33-year-old right-hander split last season between Pittsburgh and Arizona, going a combined 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 63 relief appearances.

Aside from Francisco Rodriguez and Bobby Parnell, the Mets have few givens in their bullpen. The top other internal choices are Ryota Igarashi and Manny Acosta.

Here are his career highlights reprinted from the Pirates' media guide:

Was selected by Kansas City in Rule 5 Draft on 12/16/02 and spent entire 2003 in the big leagues with the Royals...Made major league debut on 4/2/03 vs. Chicago (AL)...Established Kansas City club record for relievers with six strikeouts on 4/10 at Detriot...Earned first big league save on 4/12/03 at Cleveland - coming on his 26th birthday...Picked up first Major League win on 4/18/03 vs. Detroit...Received a no-decision in his first start on 6/7/03 at Colorado (4.1ip/2er)...Was a member of Kansas City’s Opening Day roster in 2004...Was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on 4/24/04 and was recalled on 6/30...Threw lone Major League complete game while pitching with Royals on 6/7/05 at San Francisco...Made three starts with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League in 2006...Was a non-roster invitee with Arizona in 2007...Spent 2007 season with Tucson (Diamondbacks AAA) and led Pacific Coast League in losses (14)...Pitched with La Guaira in 2007 Venezuelan Winter League...Spent majority of 2008 season with White Sox -- his first big-league action since 2005...Began ‘08 season on Charlotte’s D.L. with a strained right quadriceps...Was a member of Chicago’s 2008 A.L.D.S. roster, but did not pitch...Has gone 5-8 with a 5.01 ERA (125.2ip/70er) in 23 Major League starts and 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA (236.2ip/109er) in 158 relief appearances...Earned his two big league saves while pitching with Kansas City on 4/12/03 and 5/4/03...Has gone 0-for-9 with one sac bunt as a batter. Was originally selected by Baltimore in the 26th round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.