The Mets, looking for some veteran bullpen help, signed Kiko Calero today to a minor-league deal.
Calero, 35, was 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 67 games for the Marlins last season. He led the Marlins' relief corps in ERA and finished fourth in appearances among relievers with at least 30 innings pitched.
The bullpen is one of the Mets' biggest concerns heading into the regular season. Kelvim Escobar, who was expected to be the set-up man to Francisco Rodriguez, showed up with shoulder weakness and looks doubtful for Opening Day. As for K-Rod, he's has been exiled from the clubhouse because of a stubborn case of conjunctivitis (pink eye).
With Escobar hurting, the Mets are in need for an eighth-inning specialist, and Calero is now the most experienced candidate. Ryota Igarashi, the Japanese rookie, also is being considered for that role, along with Bobby Parnell.