The Mets and Japanese right-hander Yusaku Iriki agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract on Wednesday as New York attempts to add pitching before spring training. The 33-year-old Iriki was 6-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 20 starts and eight relief appearances last season with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League, finishing ninth in the league in ERA and 10th with 122 strikeouts. His contract includes a pair of club options. "He has the ability to start and also the ability to pitch in the bullpen," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "I just felt bringing him on board gives us a little more depth."
Mets Sign Versatile Japanese Pitcher