Second go-around: Mets, Valentin finalize new deal

Updated: November 14, 2006, 9:21 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- On the same day they agreed on a new two-year deal with right-hander Orlando Hernandez, the New York Mets finalized a $3.8 million, one-year contract with second baseman Jose Valentin on Tuesday.


Valentin's deal includes a $4.3 million team option for 2008 that would become guaranteed if he has 400 plate appearances next year.

"We're happy to get both these guys. These guys were a big part of our team this year," said Minaya, who put together a $12 million, ...

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