Two-year deal worth $6.75 million

Updated: January 3, 2004, 9:52 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets reached a preliminary agreement with free-agent reliever Braden Looper on a $6.75 million, two-year contract.

The Mets would not confirm the deal Saturday but said they had asked the durable right-hander to take a physical early next week, usually the last step before finalizing a contract.

A baseball source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the preliminary agreement.

"We look forward to providing further information ...

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