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12/19/2005 3:30 PM ET
Mets sign Oliver, Feliciano, Parra; release Ishii
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The New York Mets today announced that they have signed left-handed pitchers Darren Oliver and Pedro Feliciano and right-handed pitcher Jose Parra to Minor League contracts and have invited them to Spring Training. In addition, New York has released left-handed pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii.

Oliver, 35, went to Spring Training with the Colorado Rockies in 2005, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in four Cactus League games. He was released on March 31, and signed a Minor League contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 16.

Oliver pitched in four games with Tucson (Triple-A) of the Pacific Coast League, and went 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in four games. After being released on May 3, he signed a Minor League contract with the Chicago Cubs on May 7. He made three appearances for Iowa (Triple-A) of the Pacific Coast League, going 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA. Oliver announced his retirement on May 21.

A 12-year Major League veteran, Oliver has compiled an 87-79 career record with a 5.07 ERA in 306 games and 228 starts. He has won 10 or more games in a season five times, most recently in 2003, when he was 13-11 for the Rockies. Oliver won a career-high 14 games in 1996 for the Texas Rangers.

Feliciano, 29, spent the 2005 season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League. He compiled a 3-2 record with a 3.89 ERA (16 ER/37 IP) and 36 strikeouts in 37 appearances. Feliciano appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2004, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA (11 ER/18 1/3 IP). Feliciano also appeared with New York during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. For his Mets career, he is 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA in 51 games.

Parra, 33, began the 2005 season with the Minor League affiliate of the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League. On June 1, he was called up to the Major League level, where he went 4-2 with a 4.09 ERA (15 ER/33 IP) in eight games (seven starts). Parra made 13 relief appearances for the Mets in 2004, going 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA (five ER/14 IP) and 14 strikeouts.

Ishii, 32, was 3-9 with a 5.14 ERA in 19 appearances (16 starts) for New York in 2005.

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