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Mets sign Wise to one-year, $1.2 million contract

NEW YORK -- The Mets bolstered their bullpen Tuesday,
agreeing with right-hander Matt Wise on a $1.2 million, one-year
contract.

Wise was 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA and one save in a career-high 56
appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. He struck out 43
and walked 17 in 53 2/3 innings.

"Matt has had success in a variety of roles," New York general
manager Omar Minaya said. "He adds a versatile arm to the
bullpen."

Wise became a free agent when the Brewers declined to offer him
a contract by last Wednesday. He pitched for Milwaukee from
2004-07.

"I'm ecstatic to join the Mets," Wise said. "I look forward
to helping out in whatever role [manager] Willie Randolph wants."

The 32-year-old Wise is 17-21 with a 4.18 ERA and two saves in
201 major league games. He also pitched for the Anaheim Angels from
2000-02.

He joins a Mets bullpen anchored by All-Star closer Billy Wagner
and setup man Aaron Heilman. New York also hopes to get
right-hander Duaner Sanchez back from a shoulder injury next
season. He hasn't pitched in the majors since July 2006.

Overworked and ineffective, New York's failing bullpen was a big
reason the team faltered down the stretch this year. The Mets had a
seven-game lead in the NL East with 17 to play, but squandered the
entire cushion and missed the playoffs in one of the biggest
collapses in baseball history.

If he is released by the Mets before Opening Day, Wise would be
guaranteed $750,000.