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Franco Close To Signing With Mets


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Free-agent first baseman Julio Franco, who turned 47 in August, is close to signing a two-year contract with the Mets, FOXsports.com has learned.


The Mets are giving Franco a two-year deal to lure him from the division rival Braves, for whom Franco has played since 2001.


Franco is expected to back up Carlos Delgado at first base and serve as a pinch-hitter off the bench. His deal also could include a position with the club when his playing career is over.


Franco has a past relationship with Mets general manager Omar Minaya and special assistant Sandy Johnson, both of whom were with Texas when Franco played for the Rangers from 1989 to '93.


Franco batted .275 for the Braves last season with nine home runs in 233 at-bats. He has played 21 years in the majors, and also has made stops in Japan, Mexico and Korea.


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Julio Fraco is an amazing player. Still good at the clutch. I can't beleive he is still around, but you know, atleast the Mets are going to take a valueble piece from the Braves who look stronger with Edgar Renteria in the middle. The Marlins need some experience just like him on their team, let's cross our fingers and hope they land someone who has atleast 2/3's of his experience.

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