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Mientkiewicz would fill first base void

Updated: January 26, 2005, 2:17 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- For the New York Mets, now comes plan B.

They had hoped to add Carlos Delgado and complete a spectacular offseason that included the signings of Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran. But Delgado chose the Florida Marlins' $52 million, four-year offer Tuesday.

"You can't win them all," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "You don't like losing, but those things happen."

To fill its void at first base, New York was closing in on a deal to acquire Doug Mientkiewicz, ...

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