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Yankees sign John Maine to minor-league deal

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Though he's not quite the big name Mark Prior is, John Maine is also a right-handed pitcher who continues to try and come back from injury woes. Next stop for Maine is the Yankees system, as they have signed him to a minor league deal, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

Maine, 31, was a mostly productive pitcher for the Mets from 2006-08, but injuries (namely to his throwing shoulder) derailed his career. He last threw in the majors in 2010, when he was 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA and 1.82 WHIP for the Mets.

In 2011, Maine made 11 starts for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate, going 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA and 2.07 WHIP. He signed with the Red Sox in January, but was released earlier this month without having pitched in the minors.

Maine's best season was 2007, when he was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 180 strikeouts in 191 innings.

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