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Mets release D.J. Carrasco, eat $1.2 million salary

May 25, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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As expected, D.J. Carrasco and his $1.2 million salary passed through waivers unclaimed after the reliever was designated for assignment by the Mets last week and today they released the veteran right-hander.

Carrasco’s solid track record suggested he was a nice bargain signing for two years and $2.4 million last offseason, but he proved to be a bust with a 6.11 ERA in 53 innings for the Mets. His control was fine, but he managed just 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings and served up nine homers in 243 plate appearances.

At age 36 this might be the last we’ve seen of Carrasco in the majors, but he should be able to snag a minor-league contract somewhere.

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