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Devin Mesoraco returns to Mets with minor-league deal

Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco celebrates his pinch-hit three-run

Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco celebrates his pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh inning of a game against the Braves at Citi Field on Sept. 27, 2018. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Mets are bringing back catcher Devin Mesoraco, who was acquired for Matt Harvey last May.

Mesoraco was signed to a minor-league contract and invited to major-league spring training, the club announced Thursday.

“Devin is greatly respected among our pitching staff and is extremely well prepared,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “We are hopeful he can contribute in 2019.”

Mesoraco, 30, played in 18 games for the Reds last season before coming to the Mets in the Harvey deal on May 8. He played 66 games for the Mets, hitting .222 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. Overall, he hit .221 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.

Mesoraco was a National League All-Star in 2014 for the Reds, hitting 25 homers and driving in 80 runs. He has not played consistently since then because of multiple injuries.

Mesoraco had surgery on his left hip in June 2015, on his left shoulder in May 2016 and on his right hip in July 2016. He was on the disabled list in 2017 with a left shoulder strain and broken right foot. Mesoraco also missed time after coming to the Mets with a neck and back issue.

Mesoraco caught almost all of National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom’s starts.

The Mets signed catcher Wilson Ramos, a 2018 All-Star who also has a lengthy injury history, to a two-year, $19-million dea
l in December and brought back Travis d’Arnaud on a one-year, $3.5-million deal last month, which made Kevin Plawecki expendable. The Mets traded Plawecki to the Indians after agreeing to the deal with d’Arnaud, who is coming off Tommy John surgery that limited him to four games last season.

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