Scott Schoeneweis, 35, pitched in 73 games last season for the Mets, going 2-6 with a 3.34 ERA with one save and 15 holds. He was tied for seventh in the National League among left-handers in holds last season, while left-handed batters hit .178 (18-for-101) against him, the seventh-lowest average among all major league relief pitchers (minimum 100 at-bats) and second-lowest among left-handers.
"We feel that Scott will help balance our bullpen," said Byrnes. "Given his success against left-handed hitters over the last several seasons, he provides us another weapon late in games."
Schoeneweis has seen action in 517 games (93 starts) over parts of 10 Major League seasons, going 45-55 with a 4.91 ERA with nine saves and 84 holds while playing for the Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Reds and Mets. His 84 holds rank 12th among active left-handed pitchers. Over his career, Schoeneweis has limited left-handed batters to a .224 average, allowing only one home run from 2003-07.
A 2002 World Series Champion with the Angels, Schoeneweis has appeared in 294 games since 2005, ranking fourth in the majors and first among left-handers. D-backs relief pitcher Chad Qualls leads all major league relievers with 314 appearances during that same timeframe.
Connor Robertson, 27, appeared in nine games for the D-backs during the 2008 season, going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. He spent the majority of the season with Tucson after being acquired on Dec. 14, 2007, from Oakland with right-handed pitcher Dan Haren.
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