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.