The Mets and righthander Kelvim Escobar have agreed to a one-year major-league contract, a person familiar with the situation confirmed. Escobar must pass a physical for the deal to become official.
Escobar, 33, has pitched only five major-league innings in the last two seasons as he dealt with a major right shoulder injury. That the Mets are willing to guarantee money and a roster spot to him reflects the hopes they have that he can help set up for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Escobar missed all of 2008 while recovering from shoulder surgery. This past season, he made a start June 6, lasting five innings, and never returned.
For the bulk of his career, Escobar has been regarded as having an electric arm. He has started and relieved for the Blue Jays and the Angels, with whom he spent the past six seasons. He has a 101-90 record, a 4.15 ERA, 1,310 strikeouts and 611 walks in 1,507 innings.