PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The windfall continued for the Mets on Tuesday.

The same day they formally introduced Carlos Beltran as a Met, the club announced on Tuesday it signed 2004 first-round pick Phil Humber. The former Rice hurler passed his physical in New York and is expected to be at minicamp in Florida on Wednesday and Thursday.

"I'm excited I'm officially a Met today," said Humber. "I can't wait to get to Spring Training and start playing baseball. I don't want to set any time tables, but it's my goal to be back at Shea soon and be part of a championship team."

Humber received a combination $3.7 million signing bonus and contract.

"It was very important to get this deal done before Spring Training," said Humber, who was chosen with the third overall pick in the 2004 draft. "It's the start of a new season, and I want to start when everyone else does. I didn't want to be dragging around. I started throwing right around Christmas, so I'm in good shape."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Humber, a Carthage, Texas, native, went 13-4 for Rice in 2004, posting a 2.27 ERA in 20 games (15 starts). Most impressive, however, were his 154 strikeouts in 115 innings. He finished his college career with a 35-8 record.