UPDATED: Escobar passed his physical, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman.
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick has confirmed that the Mets and right-hander Kelvim Escobar have agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Francisco Blavia of Lider en Deportes, a Venezuelan news service, first reported the news on Twitter. Escobar will be handed a $125,000 bonus if he makes the Mets’ Opening Day roster. He can also earn up to $2 million in performance-based incentives.
The 33-year-old right-hander has made just one major league appearance in the last two years because of lingering shoulder issues, but he compiled a 3.40 ERA over 30 starts in 2007 and has a 4.15 ERA in 202 career major league starts. The Mets are expected to try him out as a setup man.
The deal is pending only a completed physical, which Crasnick believes should run smoothly.
Traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac and Ambien were found in Roy Halladay’s system at the time of his death, according to the autopsy findings Zachary T. Sampson of the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. The former Phillies and Blue Jays ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner was killed in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico last November. While the exact cause of the incident has not yet been determined, it was a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning that resulted in the 40-year-old’s death.
Further details from the NY Daily News revealed that Halladay sustained a fractured leg and a “subdural hemorrhage, multiple rib fractures, and lung, liver and spleen injuries” during the crash. As for the drugs present in his system, the autopsy report suggests that the presence of morphine could be linked to heroin use, though there’s no clear evidence that he did so.
The toxicology results also determined that Halladay had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.01. A BAC of 0.08 is the legal limit for operating a car, but current FAA regulations prohibit any alcohol consumption for eight hours before operating aircraft. Halladay was both the pilot and sole passenger aboard the plane when it crashed.
Previous statements from the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that the investigation is still ongoing and could take up to two years to resolve.