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Mets sign four, invite 11 to spring camp

Mets sign four, invite 11 to spring camp

NEW YORK -- The Mets signed four players, including infielder Jolbert Cabrera, to Minor League contracts on Thursday and invited a total of 11 non-roster players to Spring Training.

Among the invitees were top prospects Jenrry Mejia and Ike Davis.

Along with Cabrera, 37, a .257 lifetime hitter over nine seasons, the Mets signed infielder Luis Hernandez and left-handed pitchers Bobby Livingston and Travis Blackley. The former two players will compete for spots on the bench; the latter two for roles in the bullpen. Hernandez was the only one of the four to play in the Major Leagues last season.

The Mets also invited right-handed reliever Carlos Muniz, lefty Eric Niesen, catcher Francisco Pena, infielder Ruben Tejada and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to camp.

Most eyes in Port St. Lucie, Fla., however, will be on Mejia and Davis, generally considered two of the team's top five prospects. Mejia, 20, is a flamethrowing right-hander likely to start the season in Double-A Binghamton. Davis, 22, has been pegged as the Mets' first baseman of the future, and could earn a promotion to the big club as early as September.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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