From the Associated Press ;

South Korean left-hander Dae Sung Koo agreed Saturday to a one-year contract with the New York Mets.

Koo, 35, was 6-10 with a 4.32 ERA last season for Orix of Japan’s Pacific League. He’s spent four seasons in Japanese baseball, the last three as a starter, going 24-34 with 10 saves and a 3.88 ERA. He’s struck out 504 in 503 innings.

Koo (above, left) pitched for South Korea in the 1992 and 2000 Olympics, throwing a five-hitter and striking out 11 in leading South Korea past Japan 3-1 for the bronze medal at the Sydney Games.

He pitched for Hanwha of the Korean League from 1993-2000, and the Mets tried to sign him in December 2000, losing out to Orix. His new deal contains a team option for 2006.