Lima, Mets agree to minor-league contract

NEW YORK -- Jose Lima agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets on Tuesday, giving the team another pitching option for its starting rotation.

Lima would get a $600,000, one-year contract if he is added to the 40-man roster. He would also have the chance to earn about $450,000 in performance bonuses -- the same deal the Mets gave Darren Oliver in December.

The 33-year-old right-hander was 5-16 with a 6.99 ERA last season in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals. He gave up 219 hits in 168 2/3 innings, walking 61 and striking out 80.

In 2004, Lima went 13-5 with a 4.07 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers, walking just 34 in 170 1/3 innings. He has an 89-98 career record.

An NL All-Star in 1999, Lima has a 5.21 ERA in 344 major-league games with Detroit, Houston, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

New York heads to spring training with a projected rotation of Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, Steve Trachsel, Victor Zambrano and Aaron Heilman.