Former Phillies backup catcher Chris Coste has signed a 1-year contract with the New York Mets, according to published reports.
The Forum, Coste's hometown newspaper in Fargo, N.D., reported that he had signed a contract that guarantees him a spot on the 40-man roster, but not the Opening Day 25-man roster.
Comcast SportNet quoted him as saying, "It was the Mets. It's the last team I ever saw myself playing for."
Coste, who rose to fame as a 33-year-old rookie with the Phillies in 2006, was waived last July, and was picked up for the remainder of the season by the Astros. He hit .224 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 88 games in 2009. In four major league seasons, Coste is a .272 hitter, with 23 home runs and 108 RBI. *