Mets sign Sele to Minor League deal

Mets sign Sele to Minor League deal

NEW YORK -- The next contestant, please.

The Mets have added another name to their roster of potential starting pitchers -- Aaron Sele. The 36-year-old right-handed veteran of 14 seasons and 352 big-league starts has signed a Minor League contract and been invited to the Mets' Major League Spring Training camp.

Sele is now in a group that includes Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber, Jason Vargas, Oliver Perez, Alay Soler, Dave Williams and Jorge Sosa, and may soon include Victor Zambrano. Each is expected to compete for the two places in the Mets' five-man rotation not occupied by Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernandez and John Maine. If Zambrano is signed, he probably won't be ready to pitch when the season opens.

With a career record of 145-110, Sele is, by far, the most accomplished of the eight candidates. Indeed, including El Duque and excluding Glavine, Sele has won more games in the big leagues than all the other pitchers combined. And his eight victories with the Dodgers last season exceed the 2006 victory totals of Maine (six), Williams (five), Perez and Sosa (three each), Pelfrey and Soler (two each) and Vargas (one).

Sele had an 8-6 record and 4.53 ERA in 28 games (15 starts) with the Dodgers. He allowed 120 hits and 30 walks and struck out 57 in 103 1/3 innings. Sele began last season with the Dodgers' Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. He produced a 3-0 record and 2.43 ERA before joining the parent team on May 5. Sele had a 3-0 record and a 2.33 ERA after six big-league starts. Eleven of his final 12 appearances came in relief.

Sele will be paid at an annual rate of $1 million if added to the 40-man roster and is eligible to earn another $1 million in performance bonuses.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.