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Deal contingent on passing physical

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets and free agent Todd Zeile
reached a preliminary agreement on a contract, contingent on the
infielder passing a physical early next week.

"We have had extremely favorable discussions," the Mets said
in a statement. "We look forward to providing further information
following the completion of the physical."

Zeile split last season between the New York Yankees and
Montreal, batting .227 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 100 games.

In 15 major league seasons, the 38-year-old Zeile has played for
11 teams, including the Mets in 2000 and '01. He has a career
batting average of .266 with 244 home runs and 1,075 RBI.