Mets, Newhan agree to 1-year deal

Updated: January 5, 2007, 10:11 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets and reserve outfielder David Newhan agreed to a one-year contract Friday.

Newhan was limited to 39 games last season with the Baltimore Orioles after breaking his right leg while stealing second base on April 17 against the Los Angeles Angels. He batted .252 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 131 at-bats.

He gets $575,000 if he's on the 25-man roster and $175,000 if he's sent to the minors.

"David is a versatile player who can help us in so many spots on the field," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "We couldn't be more pleased to have him in our organization."

The 33-year-old Newhan has played every position besides shortstop, pitcher and catcher during his six-year major league career. He is a .256 career hitter with 20 home runs and 102 RBIs in 808 games. His best season was 2004 with the Orioles, when he hit .311 with eight homers and 54 RBIs in 373 at-bats.

Newhan also has played for San Diego and Philadelphia. He is the son of Ross Newhan, a longtime sports writer for the Los Angeles Times and a member of the writers' wing in the baseball Hall of Fame.

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