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Mets sign catcher Taylor Teagarden to minor-league deal

Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden in action during

Baltimore Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden in action during a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles. (March 16, 2013) Credit: AP

The Mets have signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

The 30-year-old has played in just 163 games over the course of six seasons in MLB with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He's a career .206 hitter with a .266 OBP, 20 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Teagarden will likely compete with Anthony Recker for the Mets backup catcher role with Travis d'Arnaud getting the starting nod.

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