The Mets and Scott Rice have a deal in place for the left-hander to return to the club, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports (Twitter link). Rice will receive a split contract with an invitation to the Mets’ major league Spring training camp. Rice is represented by Jim McDowell.
Rice was outrighted off New York’s 40-man roster in October and he elected to become a free agent. The 33-year-old southpaw only threw 13 2/3 innings for the Mets last season, posting a 5.93 ERA and almost as many walks (12) as strikeouts (13). Picked 44th overall by the Orioles in 1999, Rice bounced around the minors with several organizations before finally making his Major League debut in 2013.