|Friday, December 20
Updated: December 21, 11:48 AM ET
Floyd brings punch to upgraded Mets
Floyd, who declined salary arbitration from the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, must pass a physical Saturday to make the deal official.
Floyd is the third big free-agent acquisition for the Mets this offseason as they try to rebound from a last-place finish in 2002.
Floyd batted .288 with 28 homers, 43 doubles and 79 RBI last season for Boston, Montreal and Florida. He had a .388 on-base percentage and slugged .533.
New York was last in the majors in batting average in right field and second-to-last in the NL in both homers and RBIs in left field. That was a big reason they finished 13th in the league in scoring.
Floyd will be a formidable bat in the middle of the lineup, along with Mike Piazza. Floyd struggled with injuries early in his career but has played 295 games in the last two seasons. He is a .284 career hitter with 132 homers and 508 RBI in 908 games.
Like the Mets' other free-agent acquisitions, Floyd probably would not have signed with the team had manager Bobby Valentine not been replaced by Art Howe.
Both Glavine and Stanton said they would not have come to New York if the volatile Valentine were still in charge of the team. Valentine and Floyd feuded in 2000 over the manager's initial snubbing of Floyd for the NL All-Star team. Floyd later made the team.
The deal with Floyd is the latest big move made by owner Fred Wilpon, who took over sole ownership of the team in August from Nelson Doubleday.
The Mets still need to find a starting third baseman to replace Edgardo Alfonzo and a shortstop to play until rookie phenom Jose Reyes is ready to take over.
The Mets said Friday night that Nakamura backed out of a deal to come to the major leagues and will remain in Japan instead.
``We had an agreement in principle with the player. He changed his mind after successfully completing a physical with us,'' Mets general manager Steve Phillips said in a statement. ``We respect his decision to change his mind and wish him nothing but the best of luck in the future.''
Nakamura hit .294 with 42 homers and 115 RBI last season in Japan's Pacific League.
``Despite Mr. Nakamura's decision, today was a productive day for the Mets' organization,'' Phillips said.