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Mets, Delgado Meet for a Second Time

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Friday, January 21, 2005; Page D04

Carlos Delgado met with the New York Mets in Puerto Rico for a second time yesterday, a three-hour session that included the team's ownership and the first baseman's agent.

Delgado, 32, plans to meet today with Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks and General Manager John Hart. He also is being courted by Florida and Baltimore.

Free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado met with the New York Mets on Thursday in Puerto Rico. The Rangers, Marlins and Orioles are also interested in Delgado. (Adrian Wyld - AP)

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Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and General Manager Omar Minaya were at yesterday's session with Delgado and agent David Sloane.

Minaya is trying to sign his third major free agent this offseason, following a four-year, $53 million deal with Pedro Martinez and a seven-year, $119 million contract with center fielder Carlos Beltran.

GAGNE SIGNS: Los Angeles re-signed closer Eric Gagne to a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal, which includes a mutual option for 2007, weren't disclosed.

Gagne, the 2003 Cy Young Award winner, holds the record by securing 84 consecutive save opportunities. The 29-year old right-hander was 7-3 with a 2.19 ERA and 45 saves last year.

SIGNINGS: Second baseman Marcus Giles skipped salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract with the Braves.

Giles, 26, batted .311 last season, with 8 homers, 48 RBI and 17 stolen bases. . . .

Infielder Denny Hocking agreed to a minor league contract with the Royals. Hocking, 34, played 55 games for the Rockies last season, batting .202. . . .

The Devil Rays agreed to terms with 6-foot-9, 260-pound right-hander Jeff Niemann, the fourth pick in the draft last June, on a major league contract worth $5.2 million over five years, including a $3.2 million signing bonus. Niemann went 28-4 with a 2.41 ERA in three seasons at Rice.

MARLINS, STATE SQUABBLE: Florida wants $60 million in state money to finance a new ballpark, a request the head of the state senate regards as blackmail.

A day after likening the team to "terrorists," Florida Senate President Tom Lee backed off that word but said he was angry the Marlins have talked to officials in Nevada about a possible move to Las Vegas. The Marlins' lease at the Miami Dolphins' stadium expires after the 2010 season. The Marlins want a 38,000-seat, retractable roof park.

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