Today the Mets signed veteran lefty reliever Ron Villone to a minor league deal. Villone, 39, will be invited to the major league camp, and will compete against Tom Martin, Casey Fossum and Heriberto Ruelas for an unacknowledged role.
Villone will be the 104th person to play for the Yankees and Mets.
Villone whose career began with the Mariners in 1995, has been a member of 11 different teams. Villone pitched in 74 games with the Cardinals last season, when he pitched 50 innings, produced a 1-2 record and a 4.68 ERA. He walked 37 and struck out 50.
I'm starting to get the feeling that the Mets are an orphanage for unwanted pitchers; an island of misfit toys* if you will.
Source: Marty Noble - MLB.com
* Island Of Misfit Toys From The Christmas Classic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.