Kelvim Escobar To Attempt Comeback

Despite having more shoulder surgeries (two) than pitching appearances (one) since 2007, Kelvim Escobar will attempt a comeback as a reliever according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The right-hander hopes to throw for teams in March.

Escobar, 35 in April, has battled major shoulder injuries over the last three seasons, missing all of 2008 and 2010 while making one subpar start with the Angels in the middle of 2009. The Mets signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.25MM last spring, but he didn't even make it out of Spring Training healthy.

When healthy, Escobar has been very effective, posting a 3.60 ERA in 653 innings from 2004 through 2007, striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings while walking just 2.8 batters per nine unintentionally. As a reliever, he's held batters to a .243/.329/.385 batting line with 9.8 K/9 in 247 1/3 career innings, but that was a long, long time ago.

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  1. Since_77 4 years ago

    No problem, the Yankees will be holding open auditions in Tampa this Spring.

  2. Brad426 4 years ago

    He’s worth a minor league deal somewhere.

  3. Blue387 4 years ago

    How about the Indians or Marlins?

  4. watch,hes gunna come out for one game like he did with the Angels and get hurt again

    • dc21892 4 years ago

      Big deal. He has a shoulder problem. He got hurt. It happens.

  5. JST1331 4 years ago

    Phillies depth???

  6. vinniemiller 4 years ago

    I think he has the talent to make it back to the DL.

  7. danthebaseballman 4 years ago

    If he comes back, I bet ya it’ll only be for one pitch.

  8. he’ll come back with a non-contender or a team that needs depth on incentive laden low money deal. I’m thinking Phillies, Nationals, Brewers, Astros, Royals, Angels or D-BAcks. maybe the nets

  9. nick1538 4 years ago

    Someone should offer him a minor league deal. If he could come close to his relief numbers, even in limited time, it would be worth it. If the deal was incentive laden, it makes even more sense.

  10. cayanksfan 4 years ago

    Any pitcher from the past can earn $800K from the Yankees right now.

    Pedro? Come on down!
    Moose? Come on down!
    Curt? Come on down!
    Randy? Come on down!
    Mike Hampton? Come on down!
    David Wells? Put down the beer and hot dog and come on down!

    • bonestock94 4 years ago

      Older players getting minor league deals to see if they can contribute to the club is nothing new or even that noteworthy. Every team does it every year.

      • cayanksfan 4 years ago

        Moreso this year than years past for the Yankees….

        • bonestock94 4 years ago

          Gaudin, Mitre, and Mosely were pretty prominent in the rotation the last couple of seasons. I don’t remember reading hundreds of redundant snarky comments then…

          • cayanksfan 4 years ago

            Snarky? That’s funny! You didn’t hear anything because the rotation was set:

            We were secure, those three mentioned were innings eaters.

      • Bernaldo 4 years ago

        He’s not just an “older player”, he’s a washed up pitcher with a bad arm who’s career is effectively over. Most teams don’t sign old, broken down players. Older, healthy players yes. The Yankees – desperation for starting pitching – have already signed three sore armed guys who should be retired now; I can’t imagine them adding another!

    • Devern Hansack 4 years ago

      I’m waiting for a Ramiro Mendoza comeback.

  11. AKates10 4 years ago

    J.P Ricciardi would rather have Miguel Batista.

  12. Nicholas Birns 4 years ago

    Miguel Batista would actually be good, but I would give Escobar another chance with the Mets as well.

  13. metsman 4 years ago

    the fact that we paid this guy and never even threw a pitch for us makes me want to crap, he didn’t even get a chance to help us suck last year.

  14. Thurman8er 4 years ago

    I think the Angels should give him a 4 year/$44 million dollar contract…then let him play 3B on days he’s not pitching.

  15. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 4 years ago

    I’m all for a guy giving it his all and trying to get back on the mound. Hey, sometimes they can even make it back. But man shoulder surgery is the one surgery that most all pitchers have trouble coming back from, and Kelvim has had two of them and hasn’t pitched for quite some time.

    The odds are surely against him and I think a team that can give him a minor league contract while he attempts to convert himself into a relief pitcher should do it-only with the understanding that it’s unlikely to pay off. So if you are a team that always liked Escobar, and if he’s willing to sign cheaply while he tries another comeback, I’d do it.

  16. yankeeaddiction 4 years ago

    This story runs every year at this time as Escobar has been trying to make a comeback the last 5 years.

    This guy has never been healthy and this is one player its not worth even taking a chance on. He was supposed to be healthy last year when he signed with the Mets and look what happened.

    Think about this Carl Pavano looks like an innings eater during his time with the Yankees when you compare it to Escobar’s time with the Angels. Everyone talked about Moreno not making offers this off season but that is a good thing when you look at the fact he gave a Escobar a huge deal when he did nothing to deserve or earn it.

  17. MisterBill 4 years ago

    So, which team will he choose to rip off this year for not pitching?

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