The Mets signed Arquimedes Carminero back on January 3rd as a free agent. He was signed by the Marlins in 2005 and made his debut in 2013. He was acquired by the Pirates in 2015 and traded to the Mariners in August of 2016.
This is where his biography changes a bit. He was released by the Mariners in December of 2016 and spent 2017 and 2018 playing in the Dominican Winter League (only 6 games in the last two years) and for the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League of the NPB.
2017 NPB: 63.1 IP, 2.42 ERA, 1.247 WHIP
2018 NPB: 18.2 IP, 5.79 ERA, 1.768 WHIP
2016 MLB: 60.2 IP, 3.56 ERA, 4.88 FIP, 1.650 WHIP, 5.70 DRA, -0.5 WARP
MLB Career: 3.83 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 1.40 WHIP, 4.74 DRA, 0.1 WARP
Arquimedes has an uphill battle to make the Mets. It’s been a couple years since he’s been in the majors and after a very successful year in Japan he’s coming off one where he struggled. The Mets are hoping though to create some depth in the minors that aren’t all rookie flamethrowers. Unless he has a stunning spring training, he’s not going to break camp on the roster. He becomes an interesting back up plan though when injuries roll around if the Mets need to call-up a pitcher and they don’t want to use one of their young guys options.
At the least, his signing represents a new push for depth in the Mets system.