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Ishii similar to what Mets had in Leiter

With the season drawing closer, the Mets can only hope Kaz Ishii is a help rather than a hindrance.

Originally Published: March 22, 2005
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

It was only after the breathtaking, Yankee-type winter – highlighted by free-flowing cash and bling-bling press conferences – that Omar Minaya finally went to work as the Mets' general manager. Winning the Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran sweepstakes? That was easy, given the money Minaya was dispensing.

But it's the subsequent smaller-scale trades that will forge Minaya's first-year legacy at Shea. And the clock is already ticking.

The deals for Doug Mientkiewicz ...

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