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Mets sign Jose Valentin, consider Julio Franco

Updated: December 8, 2005, 11:46 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Jose Valentin joined the New York Mets in a reserve role Thursday, agreeing to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

General manager Omar Minaya said Valentin will be on the big league club next season. The minor league deal is just a technicality for now -- Valentin will get a one-year deal worth $912,500 when he's added to the 40-man roster.

"Veteran guy, he wanted to come here," Minaya said. "He can play anywhere in the field."

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