Mets considering signing C.J. Nitkowski

The Mets haven’t ruled out signing free agent LHP C.J. Nitkowski, writes Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

If the Mets do sign Nitkowski, Rubin says he will likely join the Mets minor league camp.

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Yesterday, Nitkowski tried out in front of both Dan Warthen and J.P. Ricciardi at Digital Domain Park and, according to multiple reports, is now throwing with a sidearm delivery.

“They liked what they saw,” Nitkowski said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “They seemed pleased. It’s nice to come back into this atmosphere and to get feedback from people who know what they’re talking about.”

Nitkowski, 39, last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2005 with Nationals. That year, he appeared in seven games and allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings. In ten big league seasons from 1995-2005, Nitkowski went 18-32 with a 5.37 ERA in 336 games and 44 starts.

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Michael Baron: I don’t see any harm in taking a look at Nitkowski on a minor league deal, especially since the Mets are in need of a second lefty to Tim Byrdak in the bullpen. He provides experience, which is something their current in-house options lack. If he has added an element of quirkiness to his delivery, he could be helpful in late game match-ups, assuming the stuff is there and he can maintain his stamina.

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