Sources: Schoeneweis Mets, agree to 3-year deal

Updated: January 10, 2007, 10:30 PM ET
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Scott Schoeneweis
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The New York Mets are on the verge of signing left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis to a three-year deal, major-league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Schoeneweis and the Mets reached a preliminary agreement on a $10.8 million, three-year contract. The deal is pending a physical, three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. All three spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been finalized.

Schoeneweis would join a strong bullpen that helped New York win a division title last year and advance to Game 7 of the NL Championship Series before falling to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. But the Mets lost Chad Bradford, Roberto Hernandez and lefty Darren Oliver in free agency this offseason and needed to shore up their middle relief.

The 33-year-old Schoeneweis split last season between Toronto and Cincinnati, going 4-2 with a 4.88 ERA and four saves in 71 games overall. He was traded from the Blue Jays to the Reds on Aug. 16 and excelled the rest of the year, going 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA and three saves in 16 appearances.

Often used as a specialist against left-handed hitters, Schoeneweis has limited lefties to a .231 batting average during his eight-year career. Even better, lefties have managed only a .302 slugging percentage and .303 on-base percentage against him.

Schoeneweis is 43-47 with a 5.01 ERA and six saves in 374 major-league games, including 93 starts. He has also pitched for the Chicago White Sox and Anaheim Angels.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.