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.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.