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Mets sign Rey Sanchez

NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The New York Mets filled one of their needs on the left side of the infield Friday night by agreeing to a contract with Rey Sanchez.

The deal, according to General Manager Steve Phillips, is contingent on Sanchez passing a physical Monday.

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Sanchez would inherit the shortstop job left vacant when the Mets traded Rey Ordonez to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Dec. 15.

Sanchez, 35, hit .286 last season with one home run and 38 RBI in 107 games with the Boston Red Sox. He spent three of the previous four years with the Atlanta Braves and also has played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants during an 12-year career.

The Mets still have a hole at third base after Norihiro Nakamura changed his mind last week and decided to return to Japan.

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