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Wagner, Mets agree to four-year, $43 million deal

NEW YORK -- Fresh off announcing the arrival of first baseman Carlos Delgado, the New York Mets struck again Monday, reaching agreement with free-agent closer Billy Wagner on a four-year contract.

Wagner, considered by many the top reliever on the free-agent market, saved 38 games for Philadelphia last season and is a four-time All-Star. The Phillies offered just more than $30 million over three years to retain the 34-year-old left-hander and were prepared to enhance the proposal Monday -- but not increase the length.

"Going to a fourth year as the Mets went to, we didn't feel that comfortable," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said.

"We were disappointed," Gillick said. "At the same time, you can't say you're shocked or surprised that something like this would happen."

Wagner will be paid $10.5 million for each of the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. There's a club option for 2010, in which the Mets will either pay him $8 million -- bringing the deal to $50 million -- or buy him out for $1 million. Either way, Wagner is guaranteed at least $43 million over four years.


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great decision by the mets!
 
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