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Mets, Escobar agree to major league deal

Dec 26, 2009, 2:47 PM EDT

UPDATED: Escobar passed his physical, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman.

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick has confirmed that the Mets and right-hander Kelvim Escobar have agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Francisco Blavia of Lider en Deportes, a Venezuelan news service, first reported the news on Twitter.  Escobar will be handed a $125,000 bonus if he makes the Mets’ Opening Day roster.  He can also earn up to $2 million in performance-based incentives.

The 33-year-old right-hander has made just one major league appearance in the last two years because of lingering shoulder issues, but he compiled a 3.40 ERA over 30 starts in 2007 and has a 4.15 ERA in 202 career major league starts.  The Mets are expected to try him out as a setup man.

The deal is pending only a completed physical, which Crasnick believes should run smoothly.

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