The Mets have signed former Angel Kelvim Escobar. After winning 18 games in 2007, the 33-year-old former star reliever was out due to right labrum surgery all of 2008, and was 0-1 for 2009.
The Mets reportedly plan to try Escobar in the bullpen and see how it goes. He worked out in winter ball last week, facing five batters with success. It’s a one-year contract at $1.25 million, with a $125K bonus “if he makes the Opening Day roster.”
We’re tempted to say, “What could possibly go wrong?” But the Mets need to gamble, and this is a relatively cheap one. Also, Escobar will have plenty of sympathy in the dugout.