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New York added Matthews after failing to land two of its free-agent targets: catcher Bengie Molina, who decided to stay with San Francisco, and pitcher Joel Pineiro, who agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Angels.
"You always wish that when you put (out) these offers, you're able to get the players," Minaya said.
The 30-year-old Stokes, born in Pomona, was 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA out of the bullpen last season, setting career highs for games (69) and innings (70 1-3). He spent the last two seasons with the Mets after making his big league debut for Tampa Bay.
"Being from Southern California growing up, I think this is going to be awesome for me," he said.
Even before the Angels confirmed Pineiro's agreement, Scioscia already was referring to him as a member of the team.
"I think that depth moving forward is something that we need to re-establish," he said. "I think Brian is going to go a long way to help us in that department, and I think gives us, along with the acquisition of Joel Pineiro, some versatility between our rotation and our bullpen."
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