Erickson, 36, is in camp as a non-roster invitee and is not expected to accept an assignment to the minor leagues. He threw three innings in an intrasquad game Thursday and was told to prepare for a final start on Sunday, although Mets GM Jim Duquette cautioned that was not necessarily indicative of a final decision.
The Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos are also said to have interest in Erickson, who finally appears healthy after missing two of the last three seasons due to injury.
New York is reportedly concerned by the fact that Erickson’s velocity is down from years past and he appears to have lost movement on his sinker. Still, he has pitched with moderate success this spring, posting a 3.75 ERA in 12.0 innings.
The bottom two slots in New York’s five-man pitching rotation are still unsettled, as Jae Weong Seo’s horrible spring (0-2, 7.48 ERA) has loosened his grip on the No. 4 role and No. 5 favorite Grant Roberts (1-1, 5.55 ERA) has faltered of late.
Hard-throwing righthander Tyler Yates has had an exceptional spring, notching three victories and an 0.64 ERA to vault to the front of the crowd.