In addition to signing left-hander Chris Capuano, the Mets have also signed right-hander Taylor Buchholz to a one-year contract, and to make room for him they have designated reliever Ryota Igarashi for assignment.
Igarashi is owed $1.75 million in 2011 and if he is claimed by another team the Mets will still be responsible for the bulk of that salary.
According to Adam Rubin, Buchholz started the 2010 season on a rehabilitation assignment with Modesto (A) of the California League before the Rockies moved him to Colorado Springs (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. The 6-4, 220-pounder was recalled to the big leagues on July 24, making his first appearance since 2008. He pitched in six more games before Toronto claimed him off waivers on Sept. 9.
He was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Buchholz made his major league debut with the Houston Astros in 2006. He was traded to Colorado on Dec. 12, 2006 and owns a 19-21 career record with a 4.39 ERA (139 earned runs/285.0 innings) in 135 games, 27 starts.