Mets, Escobar agree on one-year deal
GM Minaya says team views right-hander as reliever
After reports surfaced on Christmas Eve to indicate that they were close, the Mets and former Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar have reached an agreement on a one-year contract.
The first of the Christmas Eve reports was generated by Francisco Blavia, who works for Lider en Deportes, a Spanish-language news service. Then, late Friday night, Mets general manager Omar Minaya confirmed to the Daily News the signing of Escobar to a one-year contract, saying, "With Escobar, we are looking at him as a reliever."
According to ESPN.com, the 33-year-old right-hander will make a $1.25-million base base salary for next season, plus a $125,000 bonus if he makes the Mets' Opening Day roster. Escobar can also receive $2 million in incentives based on games pitched and an extra $1 million based on games finished, ESPN.com added on Saturday morning.
Escobar, a native of Venezuela, who could end up serving as the setup man for Francisco Rodriguez, has made just one Major League appearance in the past two years, after posting an 18-7 record and a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts in 2007.
He has a 4.15 ERA in 202 career appearances. That one appearance came for the Angels, a loss on June 6, and though the Angels hoped Escobar might bolster the bullpen, he didn't pitch again this past season. He also had elbow surgery earlier in his career.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.