Mets, Escobar agree to major league deal

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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.

Brian Dozier’s 24-game hitting streak ends

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Twins second baseman Brian Dozier entered Tuesday night’s action having hit safely in all 17 games this season and in 24 games consecutively dating back to last season. Sadly for him and for the Twins, that streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance against the Yankees.

Dozier grounded out in the first inning, flied out in the third, grounded out in the sixth, and grounded out again in the eighth.

Despite his streak ending, Dozier still has good numbers on the year. He’s hitting .291/.356/.494 with four home runs, 10 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 87 plate appearances.