Mets add struggling veteran Ervin Santana on minor league deal

The Mets gave Ervin Santana a shot Friday afternoon, signing the journeyman to a minor league contract, the team announced.

Santana, a 15-year veteran, made three unsuccessful starts for the White Sox this season, posting a 9.45 ERA. Though he made the All-Star team just two seasons ago, the 36-year old has pitched just 38 major league innings since the start of the 2018 season.

The move can be looked at as a depth add for the backend of the Mets rotation and comes as the backend of the rotation is getting healthier. Steven Matz (forearm) will return to the rotation on Saturday, while Jason Vargas (hamstring) will make a rehab start this weekend.

Vargas had been pitching poorly prior to getting hurt with a 5.92 ERA. Wilmer Font, who was filling in for Vargas after being acquired from the Rays, has a 7.84 ERA in three starts since joining the Mets.

He will report to Single-A Port St. Lucie, the Mets said.

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