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NEW YORK -- Kazuhisa Ishii was released Monday by the New York Mets, who signed three other pitchers to minor league contracts.


The Mets agreed to terms with left-handers Darren Oliver and Pedro Feliciano, and right-hander Jose Parra. All three were invited to spring training.


After starting pitcher Steve Trachsel went down with a back injury in March, Ishii was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Jason Phillips. The left-hander went 3-9 with a 5.14 ERA in 19 games, including 16 starts, during his only season in New York.


Ishii is 39-34 with a 4.44 ERA in four major league seasons.


The 35-year-old Oliver pitched in the minors last season. He is 87-79 with a 5.07 ERA in 12 big league seasons. He split the 2004 season between the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros.


Feliciano and Parra pitched in Japan this year. Both relievers were with the Mets in 2004.


If he doesn't cost much, it would make perfect sense for the Marlins to at least consider going after him. At least invite him to Spring Training or something.

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