Mets sign RHP Jerad Eickhoff to minor-league deal: report

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Jerad Eickhoff pitches for Phillies
Jerad Eickhoff pitches for Phillies

The Mets have signed right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff to a minor-league deal, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale.

The contract will reportedly pay him $1.25 million if he makes the big-league roster, with up to $750,000 in incentives also part of the deal.

Eickhoff spent five seasons with the Phillies from 2015-2019, where he compiled a 21-30 record with a 4.15 ERA, striking out 396 hitters over 440 innings.

He signed with Padres as a free agent prior to the 2020 season and was called up in early August, but was optioned without making an appearance. San Diego released Eickhoff later that month, and though the 30-year-old signed with the Rangers, he did not see the mound with Texas either.

Eickhoff’s best season came back in 2016, when he tossed 197 1/3 innings for Philadelphia, pitching to an 11-14 record with 167 strikeouts. Since then, he’s battled various injuries, and combined to pitch just 63 2/3 innings in 15 appearances (11 starts) in 2018 and 2019.