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Mets nearing $1.25M deal with free-agent pitcher Sosa

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets and pitcher Jorge Sosa were
close to agreement Saturday on a one-year contract worth about
$1.25 million.

Sosa, a 29-year-old right-hander, was a combined 3-11 with a
5.42 ERA last season for Atlanta and St. Louis, making $2.2
million. He became a free agent last month when the Cardinals
failed to offer a 2007 contract. He went 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA for
the Braves the previous season.

After the terms are finalized, Sosa must take a physical. With
Pedro Martinez out for the first half of the season, New York has a
large group competing for jobs in its rotation behind Tom Glavine
and Orlando Hernandez. The hopefuls include John Maine, Oliver
Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber and Dave Williams.