The New York Mets have signed 39-year old C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league deal.
The left handed Nitkowski announced via twitter of the deal and will be sent to Double-A Binghamton. Nitkowski last pitched for the Nationals in 2005 and added that this will be his “last shot” and “Thank you Mets”
The Mets seemed to be attracted to Nitkowski to bolster up the big league bullpen and even out the work load between left handers and right handers. Last night left handed pitcher Josh Edgin made his Major League debut for the ball club. In a month or two, Nitkowski might join the bullpen along with leftys Tim Byrdak and Josh Edgin.
Nitkowski is a former starter at St. John’s University and selected 9th overall in the 1994 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Nitkowski also pitched for his home town Mets in 2001 where he threw 5.2 innings as a 28 year old reliever and didn’t allow a run in his cup of coffee in Flushing. Between 2007-2010 Nitkowski pitched in Japan and Korea and tried out for the Mets in March earlier this season.
Here is a timeline for Nitkowski
Cincinnati Reds 1995
Detroit Tigers 1995-96
Houston Astros 1998
Detroit Tigers 1999-2001
New York Mets 2001
Texas Rangers 2002-03
New York Yankees 2004
Atlanta Braves 2004
Washington Nationals 2005