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Merry Christmas! Mets sign Kelvim Escobar

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I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, wherever you may be celebrating!

The New York Post is reporting that the Mets have come to terms on a one year deal with free agent starter Kelvim Escobar. While Escobar has had success as a starter, the Mets are toying with the idea of using him in the bullpen.

The 33-year-old right-hander is a reclamation project, having missed nearly two full seasons with shoulder problems, but the Mets view him as a potential candidate to be the setup man for Francisco Rodriguez.

Escobar's last full season came in 2007, when he went 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts. After missing all of 2008 and appearing in one game in 2009, the Mets are hoping he is fully healthy for a full workload in 2010. 

Escobar has experience in the bullpen, posting a 1.90 ERA in 19 innings out of the bullpen in 2005. He owns a 4.15 ERA since reaching the big leagues in 1997.

He will sign a major league contract.