Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Kiko Calero

Posted by JD on March 5, 2010

The newest addition to the Mets is Kiko Calero, a 35 year old right handed reliever who, at this point, can be described as a journeyman. I wouldn’t normally spend much time on a move like this, but I like this signing for a few reasons:
1. The pitcher. Calero is a good reliever. He has a career 132 ERA+ and is coming off a career year. In 2009, he appeared in 67 games, notching 69 strike outs against 30 walks. He recorded a career high 60 innings while allowing only 13 runs. He’s unlikely to duplicate his 217 ERA+ but he’ll be a nice addition to the bullpen if he just approximates his career averages.
2. The timing. Kelvim Escobar is not going to break camp with the Mets. Ryota Igarashi is unproven at the Major League level. Sean Green continues to tinker with a submarine* delivery. Bobby Parnell is probably not ready for a consistent late-inning role. Calero was signed at the perfect time: the Mets have an opening for an eighth inning guy and about 30 Spring Training games left to find him. If it doesn’t work out, there’s still time to search for alternatives.
*I saw someone call refer to Green as U-571 the other day. I love it! Just wish I could remember who said it so I could give them credit.
3. The contract. The Mets were able to sign Calero to a minor league contract that will pay him less than $1 million if he makes the roster. I have to tip my cap to Minaya on this one: he got a decent Major League pitcher to sign at a reasonable price. The fact that Minaya signed Calero, Rod Barajas, and Fernando Tatis to such reasonable contracts but wildly overpaid for Alex Cora and GMJ continues to boggle my mind.
4. The name. I’ll be honest: I love the guy’s name. It just rolls off the tongue. It’s not the most mature reason to like the signing, but it’s definitely a factor.
As you can see, I’m happy with the move. The bullpen is still a work in progress, but this is a nice addition to the mix.

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2 Responses to “Kiko Calero”

  1. 22gigantes said

    Still likin’ this move?

    • JD said

      Of course, why wouldn’t I? So it didn’t work out, big deal. It didn’t cost anything but money (and a comparitively little amount of that) and time.

      It was a low risk, high reward gamble that didn’t work out. At the end of the day, I’m still fine with it.

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