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02/10/06 10:17 PM ET
Diamondbacks sign reliever Heredia
Lefty gets Minor League deal, Spring Training invite
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
Left-hander Felix Heredia signed a Minor League contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday and received an invitation to Spring Training. Heredia, 30, began his career with the Florida Marlins, with his first full season coming in 1997 when the Marlins won the World Series. He has pitched for the Cubs, Blue Jays, Reds, Yankees and Mets since then, compiling a 28-19 record, six saves and a 4.42 ERA in 511 career games, all but two of them in relief. With Heredia being added to camp, the Diamondbacks will have 56 players reporting to Tucson for Spring Training, including 16 non-roster invitees. Last year, Heredia appeared in just three games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list with what was diagnosed as a blood clot in his left shoulder. He underwent successful surgery on June 2 to remove the clot. Heredia also spent some time on the DL with the Yankees in 2004 while compiling a 6.28 ERA in 47 appearances, but posted a combined line of 5-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 59 appearances in a 2003 season split between the Reds and Yankees.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.