Mets sign Yhency Brazoban

The 2010-8-24 6-28Mets have signed Mexican League free-agent RHP Yhency Brazoban, according to Baseball America, which writes:

“Brazoban pitched for both Minatitlan and Mexico City this season (after apparently taking ’09 off) and went 4-3, 2.22 while making 52 relief appearances.  The 30-year-old struck out 81 and walked 30 over 73 innings, while ranking second among Mexican League relievers with 9.99 strikeouts per nine innings and fourth with a .215 opponent average.”

Brazobán was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Yankees in 1997, but was later converted from an outfielder to a pitcher in 2003.

The Yankees traded him to the Dodgers in 2003 in the deal to get Kevin Brown.  He pitched on and off as a set-up man and closer for the Dodgers, then had Tommy John in 2006, after which he struggled with additional arm injuries and was eventually released during Spring Training 2009.

He has 100 strike outs and a 4.70 ERA in 115 big-league innings.

The Mets signed him to a minor-league deal early last week.