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Mets sign Kiko Calero to minor-league deal

Mar 4, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

Despite varying reports about his health status Kelvim Escobar seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list, so the Mets have smartly added another right-handed reliever by signing Kiko Calero to a minor-league contract.
Calero is 35 years old and also has a lengthy history of arm injuries, but the fact that he managed only a minor-league deal after posting a 1.95 ERA with 69 strikeouts and a .180 opponents’ batting average in 60 innings last season is pretty amazing.
He’s a big risk because that modest workload actually represented a career-high for Calero and he logged a grand total of just 4.2 innings in 2008, but when healthy he’s consistently been a quality setup man. Calero typically works in the high-80s with his fastball, but his low-80s slider is among the best in baseball and he’s racked up 324 strikeouts in 302.2 career innings along with a 3.24 ERA.
Given their recent track record with keeping players healthy Calero may give the Mets’ training staff a lot of trouble, but he’s an excellent low-cost pickup with a chance to make a big impact in a late-inning role.

  1. Bob M - Mar 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    YES !!! About time my Mets did something smart. Now I hope Calero stays healthy …

  2. ray - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    I think this is a very smart signing. Low risk financially, and potential for him to snag the 8th inning spot if he can stay healthy and Escobar can’t. Nicely done getting Calero on the cheap.

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