Shawn Estes, the man whom Mets fans remember most as the guy who missed Roger Clemens with a beanball, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If Estes makes the Dodgers' 40-man big-league roster he'll be paid $550,000 and could earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses bases on starts, from five to 30.
The 35-year-old lefty had a 2-3 record with a 4.74 ERA in nine games for the San Diego Padres last season. For the 2002 Mets, Estes went 4-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 starts. And although that record was pretty lousy, and though he blew the Mets sole attempt at revenge against Roger Clemens, he did beat the Yankees in that same game, allowing 5 hits and no runs in 7 innings, throwing 11 Ks en route to an 8-0 win. He also hit a homerun off the guy he was supposed to bean.