Press Release: Mets Officially Announce Ronnie Paulino and D.J. Carrasco Deals

An article by posted on December 9, 2010

The New York Mets today announced that they have signed free agent catcher Ronny Paulino to a one-year contract and free agent righthanded pitcher D.J. Carrasco to a two-year contract.

Ronny Paulino

Paulino, 29, has a .273 (431-1576) batting average over his six-year major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins. He hit .259 (82-361) with 18 doubles, four home runs and 37 RBI in 91 games for the Marlins last season.

The 6-3, 250-pounder has a .338 (164-485) career batting average against lefthanded pitchers, the sixth-highest average among active major leaguers with at least 300 career plate appearances. He hit .358 (34-95) vs. lefties in 2010.

Last season, Paulino threw out 42 % (24-57) of base runners attempting to steal. For his career, he has thrown out 44 % (119-268) of would-be base stealers.

Paulino has a career .287 (120-418) batting average with runners in scoring position. The Santo Domingo, DR native’s best season came in 2006, when he batted .310 (137-442) with 19 doubles, six home runs and 55 RBI in 129 games for the Pirates.

Paulino will miss the first eight games of the 2011 season while completing his 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

D. J. Carrasco

Carrasco, 33, split the 2010 season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks, making a combined 63 appearances. He went 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA (32 earned runs/78.1 innings) and allowed 68 hits and 34 walks while striking out 65. The reliever established career bests in appearances, ERA and strikeouts last season while limiting righthanded batters to a .227 (41-181) batting average.

In six big league seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Arizona and Pittsburgh, the 6-3, 220-pound hurler has compiled a 23-18 record and a 4.31 ERA (211 earned runs / 440.2 innings).

Since 2008, Carrasco has gone 9-3 with a 3.77 ERA (88 earned runs/210.1 innings). For his career, he is 18-10 with a 4.03 ERA (141 earned runs/315.0 innings) as a reliever while going 5-8 with a 5.01 ERA (70 earned runs/125.2 innings) as a starter.

The Safford, Arizona native was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 26th round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft out of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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