The Mets recent signing of Chuck James made him just the latest on a long list of players signed to a Minor League contract. This is something that occurs every off season as teams try to replenish their ranks and grow their depth while hoping one or two will catch lightning in a bottle so to speak and become contributors to the Major League club. Other players the Mets have signed to Minor League contracts are Valentino Martin Pascucci, Lucas May, Adam Loewen, Vinny Rottino and Garrett Olson.
To date as best I can tell there have been 76 players signed to Minor League contracts. Though I am only counting players that have appeared in at least 1 Major League game.
Of the 76 players 27 (34%) are relief pitchers making up the largest portion.