Mets sign Kelvim Escobar to 1-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have signed right-hander Kelvim Escobar to a one-year contract.

The team announced the deal on Monday. He was expected to get $1.25 million.

Escobar, an 18-game winner in 2007, missed nearly all of the past two
seasons with the Los Angeles Angels because of shoulder trouble. If
healthy, he would likely work out of the bullpen for the Mets, who are
looking for setup help for All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez.

The 33-year-old Escobar has extensive relief experience from his days
in Toronto. He came up with the Blue Jays in 1997 and saved 38 games in

Escobar was cleared a few weeks ago
to pitch by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, who performed
shoulder surgery on Escobar in July 2008.

Received 12/28/09 01:47 pm ET