The New York Mets have signed ex-Cleveland Indians southpaw Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league deal for the 2017 season.The New York Mets have finally made a more significant move on the bullpen free agency front, as the club has signed lefty Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league contract, with an invite to Spring Training, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
Gorzellany has invite to MLB spring, out 3/24 if not on MLB roster, outs to sign with Asian team #mets
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 3, 2017
If Gorzelanny breaks camp in Queens, he’ll receive the $1 million the deal is worth, but it does include $1.8 million in incentives at the major league level as well.
The contract also stipulates that should Gorzelanny not make the MLB roster by March 24, he has an option to sign with a team in an Asian league.
A second round pick in the 2003 MLB Draft, Gorzelanny has started 121 games in his career, but only has 11 starts over the last five seasons combined.
In Cleveland, the 6-foot-2 southpaw was only at the major league level for three innings, and he was beat up to the tune of a 21.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. But in the four seasons prior to that, he produced a respectable 3.64 ERA and 204 strikeouts over 217.2 innings of work.
2016 stalwart Jerry Blevins remains a free agent, but recent reports are showing that general manager Sandy Alderson has cooled on his efforts against signing relievers past a one-year deal, opening the Mets back up to the two-year seeking Blevins in the process.