Former Mets Pitcher Maine Signs Minor-League Deal With Marlins

Former New York Mets pitcher John Maine signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins, two years after his last Major League Baseball game.

Maine, 31, will be invited to the team’s spring training camp, Marlins spokesman Matt Roebuck said in an e-mail. He last pitched on May 20, 2010, for the Mets before having season-ending surgery on his right throwing shoulder.

In five seasons in New York from 2006 to 2010, Maine was 39-32 with a 4.17 earned-run average and 467 strikeouts over 542 innings. He battled numerous injuries while with the Mets, including a strained right rotator cuff, a bone spur in the shoulder and arm fatigue.

He signed in 2011 with the Colorado Rockies and pitched with their Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Last year he signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees and was 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 16 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, also a Triple-A club.

Maine pitched for two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles prior to joining the Mets.

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