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12/14/2005 3:26 PM ET
Mets sign Matt Perisho, Juan Tejada, Sandy Martinez and Julio Ramirez to minor league contracts
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The New York Mets today signed lefthanded pitcher Matt Perisho, infielder Juan Tejada, catcher Sandy Martinez and outfielder Julio Ramirez to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.

Perisho, 30, posted a 1.93 ERA in 24 contests with Florida last year. He was 2-0 with four holds with the Marlins. In 14.0 innings, Matt allowed 12 hits, four runs, three earned, with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts.

Matt was designated for assignment on June 7th. He went 0-2 with one save and an 11.93 ERA in 17 games with Albuquerque (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. In 14.1 innings, he surrendered 25 hits, 20 runs, 19 earned, with seven walks and 10 strikeouts.

Perisho was released by Florida on August 3rd and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. He appeared in one game with the Red Sox. Also was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 contests with Pawtucket (AAA) of the International League. In 13.0 innings, he allowed six hits, three runs, earned, with six walks and seven strikeouts.

Matt is 11-17 in 177 career major league contests with Anaheim, Texas, Detroit, Florida and Boston. In 276.0 innings, he's permitted 346 hits, 221 runs, 196 earned, with 162 walks and 202 strikeouts.

The 6-0, 200-pounder had his best season in 2004 with Florida. He posted a 5-3 mark with a 4.40 ERA in a career-high 66 games. In 47.0 innings, he yielded 45 hits, 23 runs, earned, with 26 walks and 42 strikeouts.

Tejada, 23, played for Erie (AA) of the Eastern League last season. He batted .291 (137-470) with 27 doubles, 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 122 games for the Seawolves, an affiliate of the Tigers.

In 2004, Juan was named to the EL's mid-season All-Star team, finishing the season ranked seventh in the League with 91 RBI, tied for seventh with 23 home runs and eighth with 54 extra base hits.

Martinez, 35, spent 2005 with Toledo (AAA) of the International League in Detroit Tigers' organization. In 81 games with the Mudhens, he hit .265 (72-272) with 17 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBI.

Sandy has spent parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Cubs, Marlins, Expos, Indians and Red Sox, compiling a .230 (103-564) batting average with six home runs and 51 RBI. Martinez last played in the majors in 2004, appearing in one game with Cleveland and three contests with Boston.

Ramirez, 28, appeared in 12 games with the San Francisco Giants last year, going 1-4 with an RBI. Julio spent the majority of the season with Fresno (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. He posted career-high power numbers at Fresno, batting .241 (93-386), with 23 home runs, 60 RBI with a .459 slugging percentage.

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