Kiko Calero has been a pretty good reliever when healthy but he’s also had a nice run of injuries in his big league career which has led to teams holding off on offering him any guaranteed money this winter.
Last year Calero played for the Florida Marlins and posted a fine 1.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 69/30 K/BB ratio in 60 innings after coming to camp as a non-roster invitee.
Last winter I highlighted Calero’s time in Oakland.
In four seasons with the A’s Calero pitched 159 innings. He spent a good portion of last season in the minors but in six big league seasons is 12-10 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
There aren’t many relievers out there on big league clubs with actual contracts that can point to those numbers. So it’s a surprise that Calero couldn’t find guaranteed money.
One wound think that a fly-ball pitcher like Calero would be a pretty good pickup for a team like the Mets so it will be interesting to see if this ever comes to pass.