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Mets' deals won't be bigger in Texas

Shoestring budget should prevent regrettable, multiyear contracts at Dallas meetings

Updated: December 3, 2011, 12:03 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The last time the winter meetings were held in Dallas, the New York Mets signed Jose Valentin, and neared completion of a two-year deal with Julio Franco, who happened to be 47 years old at the time.

One thing is for certain: Current general manager Sandy Alderson will be more cautious in giving out multiyear contracts than predecessor Omar Minaya.

The Mets' contingent is due to arrive Sunday at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, and there is plenty of work remaining beyond ...

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