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Matt Fox approached every start the same, no matter the chatter he heard about Major League organizations being interested in his services.

The former big leaguer just wanted to go out to the mound for the York Revolution and prove he's healthy.

"I think the main reason I was here (in York) is because (Major League) teams were just a little bit hesitant (to sign me) since I missed (much of) last season," Fox said. "They wanted to see that my stuff was where it should be and where it usually is and that I was able to bounce back (after each start). I've only had three or four starts but they were able to see what I had."

The New York Mets liked Fox enough to sign the right-hander to a minor league contract on Tuesday. He'll report to Class AAA Las Vegas.

Fox made four starts for York, posting a 1-0 record and 1.58 ERA in 17 total innings. The 6-foot, 3-inch right-hander struck out 18 and walked three.

Fox, 30, found out about the signing Tuesday from Revs' manager Mark Mason shortly after the team left on a bus headed for Long Island.

"About a half-hour in, Mason wanted to see me at the front of the bus," Fox said.

The bus pulled over in a Sheetz parking lot off Oregon Pike in Lancaster County, where baseball operations manager Andrew Ball came to pick up Fox.

A Florida native, Fox will now aim to become the fifth player to reach the majors after playing for York.

The University of Central Florida alum reached the majors in 2010 with both Boston and Minnesota, making one big league start for the Twins, the organization that drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft out of UCF. After going to the Red Sox, he made three appearances out of their bullpen in 2010.

Injury: Fox missed much of last season battling inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He had eight combined starts for three different affiliates in the Seattle Mariners' organization.

"Going to winter ball would've been better for me to do (to get interest from big league teams), but I did a pretty strict rehab program all offseason," Fox said. "It worked out. When the season started I wasn't really worried on teams who didn't want me. I just focused on pitching well."

Minors: Fox becomes the third York player to get picked up by a Major League organization this season, which matches the total amount of Revs that were signed by big-league teams last year. He joins nine other former Revs in affiliated ball.

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.