Report: Mets opt for 1B Mientkiewicz

Updated: January 26, 2005, 9:49 PM ET
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BRISTOL, Connecticut - The New York Mets, spurned by free agent slugger Carlos Delgado, wasted little time addressing their hole at first base.

The Mets and Boston Red Sox completed a deal Wednesday that sent slick-fielding Doug Mientkiewicz to New York for minor league prospect Ian Bladergroen and a player to be named or cash.

Just 24 hours after Delgado opted to sign with the Florida Marlins, the Mets acquired a player that is solid but unspectacular.

The 30-year-old Mientkiewicz had a rough 2004 campaign, getting dealt to Boston at the non-waiver trade deadline. He batted .215 with a homer and 10 RBIs in 49 games for the world champion Red Sox after hitting .246 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 78 games with the Minnesota Twins.

A career .272 hitter with 44 homers and 276 RBIs in 692 games over seven years with Minnesota and Boston, Mientkiewicz was slated to split time in Boston - a scenario that did not appeal to him.

Mientkiewicz further alienated Boston fans by saying he was going to hold on to the ball that represented the final out of the World Series. Management was hoping to put the ball on display and what initially began as a lighthearted story grew more and more serious.

The Mets had been hoping to add Delgado in what already has been an active offseason. Mientkiewicz does give the team a much-needed lefthanded bat and the 2001 Gold Glove Award winner should solidify a young infield that will undergo a bit of change in 2005.

"Doug Mientkiewicz will solidify our infield with his brilliant defense and brings a .363 career on-base percentage to our lineup," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.

The departure of Mientkiewicz leaves Kevin Millar as Boston's starting first baseman.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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