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Valentin close to signing minor league deal with Mets

Updated: January 16, 2008, 9:01 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jose Valentin was set to rejoin the New York Mets, closing in on a minor league contract Wednesday with an invitation to spring training.

The 38-year-old Valentin started last season as New York's regular second baseman, but played in only 51 games because of leg injuries. His season ended June 21 when he fouled off a pitch and broke his right shin.

Earlier in the season, Valentin missed time with a partially torn ligament in his right knee. He finished with ...

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