The Mets signed veteran RHP Ervin Santana to a minor-league deal pending a physical, the team announced Friday.
Santana, 36, was granted free agency when the White Sox designated him for assignment in April. He went 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts. Santana would report to Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Over the past two seasons, Santana has only made eight starts, going 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA. He has allowed 36 runs, 50 hits and 15 homers in 38 innings.
In his last full season, 2017, Santana was an All-Star, going 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA with the Twins. He is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA in his 15-year career.
Signing Santana comes weeks after the Mets opted not to pursue Gio Gonzalez, who chose to become a free agent once the Yankees didn't call him up in mid-April. Five days after he was released, he signed a major-league deal with the Brewers, with whom he is 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA in five starts.
The Mets, who earlier this season acquired Wilmer Font in a trade with the Rays, are getting more rotation help soon, as Jason Vargas is set to return from a hamstring injury on Saturday.