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Church agrees to one-year deal worth $2 million with Mets

NEW YORK -- Ryan Church and the New York Mets avoided an
arbitration hearing, agreeing Thursday to a $2 million, one-year
contract.

Church, who played his college ball at Nevada, is slated to be
the team's regular right fielder this season after he was acquired
in November from Washington with catcher Brian Schneider for
outfielder Lastings Milledge.

Last year with the Nationals, Church batted .272 with 15 homers,
70 RBIs and 43 doubles. After making $395,000 last season, he asked
for $2.45 million in arbitration while the Mets offered $1.75
million.

He can earn an additional $120,000 in performances bonuses:
$50,000 for 450 plate appearances; $40,000 for 535 plate
appearances and $30,000 for 550 plate appearances.

The Mets have one player remaining in arbitration: pitcher
Oliver Perez.