December 2009

Christmas eve reports links Mets to Escobar

It may
be Christmas eve, but the baseball rumor mill never stops.

A
report out of Venezuela states that the Mets have reached an agreement to sign
former Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar. The story made the rounds on the
blogosphere on Dec. 14 that the Mets had offered the often-injured right-hander
a Minor League deal, but the club has made no announcement about it since
then.

The
Christmas eve report was generated by Francisco Blavia, who works for Lider en
Deportes, a Spanish-language news service that has been spot-on with a couple of
other signings this winter. The 33-year-old right-hander and native of
Venezuela has made just one Major League appearance in the past two years, after
posting an 18-7 record and a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts in 2007. He has a 4.15 ERA in
202 career appearances. That one appearance came for the Angels, a loss on June
6, and though the Angels hoped Escobar might bolster the bullpen, he didn’t
pitch again this past season.

Escobar
had what many thought would be career-ending right shoulder surgery to repair a
torn muscle suffered during Spring Training in 2008, forcing him to miss that
entire season.

Merry
Christmas.

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