Mets add Joe Nelson

The New York Mets signed righthander Joe Nelson to a minor league contract on Monday, supplying manager Willie Randolph with another arm to look at in spring training.

Nelson, 29, has pitched in five major league games over his eight-year professional career, appearing in three games for the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He threw 2.2 innings for Boston, allowing five runs for a 16.87 ERA.

Nelson's other major league experience came in the 2001 season with the Atlanta Braves, when he threw 2.0 innings and allowed nine runs (eight earned), blowing out his elbow in the process.

Over his minor league career, Nelson is 29-26 with a 4.16 ERA and 33 saves in 202 games (52 starts). He has walked 232 and struck out 445.

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