EDITOR'S NOTE: Maury Brown is reporting from Orlando and the Baseball Winter Meetings this week.
A pair of Mets signings signaled a pause in the flurry of activity at Day 2 of the MLB Winter Meetings. Rumors continued to swirl around the lobby and press room, where our own Maury Brown has been holed up this week. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the story on both.
Ronny Paulino is still serving a fifty game suspension for violating MLB's performance enhancing drug policy, but after eight games he will assume the back up duties in Queens. Josh Thole will handle the bulk of the catching duties. Paulino posted a .259/.311/.354 batting line in 344 plate appearances for Florida. His deal is for one year and will pay him a reported $1.3 million. Paulino was non-tendered by Florida. He'll be arbitration eligible next offseason, and remains likely to be non-tendered again.
D. J. Carrasco signed a deal for two seasons that is worth $2.5 million guaranteed. The journeyman righty worked 78.1 innings for the Pirates and the Diamondbacks last year. His 3.68 ERA was the best of his career, propelled in part by solid hit and home run peripherals. The Mets expect him to chew up innings out of the pen in a set up role.
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