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Mets get their ninth-inning man

Originally Published: December 9, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Francisco Rodriguez's new contract won't become official until he passes a physical exam, at which point New York Mets fans can look forward to three years of fastball-flinging, fist-pumping, ninth-inning contentment at Citi Field.

From now until the introductory news conference, you'll have to color manager Jerry Manuel theoretically euphoric.

Manuel earned raves for his player and media relations skills in guiding the Mets to a 55-38 record after taking over for ...

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