The biggest problem many of you have had with the Brewers off-season to this point is the lack of signing of a veteran, free agent pitcher, complete with starting experience.
Your bemoaning, though certainly not the impetus for action, may finally have been answered.
Well, kind of.
From a Twitter account that certainly looks legitimate (based on a couple of factors) despite the lack of Twitter’s blue checkmark, the following was tweeted…
— kelvim escobar (@kelvimescobar) January 10, 2013
That translates to:
Intrepid MLB.com reporter Adam McCalvy looked into it and confirmed the signing, but with one minor difference.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 10, 2013
All the same, welcome to the Brewers, Kelvim! Or perhaps I should say: ¡Bienvenidos a los Cerveceros!
Oh that’s right…I already did.
— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) January 10, 2013
The bottom line here is that Kelvim Escobar’s shoulder has given him a multitude of problems over this career. His last full season in MLB was 2007 with has most recent appearance (yes, singular appearance) in 2009. This is a long shot if there ever was one not to mention that he’s 36 years old (turning 37 on April 11th).
The Brewers did try to sign Escobar back in 2009 but the hurler chose to sign with the New York Mets and went down again with injury.
I wish him the best of luck though because if he’s healthy and can help the Brewers in some way, I’m all for that. As for being healthy, Escobar is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League where he carries a 1.64 ERA in six games.
Gord Ash, reached for comment, told media that Escobar will be looked at this spring in big league camp “only as a reliever”.