Erickson weds Lisa Guerrero, joins Mets

Pitcher Scott Erickson suddenly has two contracts to honour: one with Lisa Guerrero, the other with the New York Mets.

Erickson, 36, agreed to a minor-league contract Thursday with the Mets, two days after marrying Guerrero, a sideline reporter on Monday Night Football.

Erickson has missed two of the last three MLB seasons because of injuries, but looks to be slotted fifth in the Mets starting rotation behind Tom Glavine, Al Leiter, Steve Trachsel and Jae Weong Seo.

"I wish spring training started tomorrow," Erickson said. "I'm ready to go.

"I know a lot of guys on the team, especially John (Franco) and Mike (Piazza). I know there's an opportunity for me here and I'm hoping to make the most of the chance."

"I knew he had just gotten married," Franco said after being phoned by Erickson, currently honeymooning in Hawaii.

"He was probably the last person I expected to hear from. I could tell from his voice how excited he was to join us.

Erickson last pitched in the majors two years ago, going 5-12 with a 5.55 earned-run average in for the Baltimore Orioles.

Shoulder surgery (labrum) performed last March sidelined him all of 2003, as did "Tommy John" elbow surgery in 2001.

"We were impressed with Scott at a workout last month in Arizona," Mets general manager Jim Duquette said. "We're happy to give him this opportunity to show that he has recovered from his injury problems over the last couple of years.

"We definitely feel that, if healthy, with his past success, it's a situation that could work out very well for both sides."

Erickson is 140-128 lifetime with a 4.51 ERA, 51 complete games and 14 shutouts in 350 starts and five relief appearances for the Minnesota Twins and Orioles since 1990.

The right-hander was runner-up to Roger Clemens for the 1991 American League Cy Young Award after going 20-8 with a 3.18 ERA.

"I know he's always wanted to pitch in New York," Franco said. "He's such a competitor.

"And if he's healthy, which he says he is, I know he'll help us."

with files from Sports Network