Julio agrees to one-year contract with Mets

NEW YORK -- Jorge Julio agreed Friday to a $2,525,000,
one-year contract with the New York Mets, who acquired him six days
earlier from the Baltimore Orioles.

The 26-year-old right-hander, Baltimore's closer from 2002-04,
had a 1.99 ERA in 2002 and a career-high 36 saves in 2003, then
lost the closer's job to B.J. Ryan. Julio was 3-5 with a 5.90 ERA
in 67 appearances last season, when he made $2.5 million.

He had asked for $2.8 million in arbitration and had been
offered $2.3 million. He was the last Mets player remaining in