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    With Wagner on Hold, Mets Eye a Left-Hander

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    Published: November 5, 2005

    As the Mets continue their pursuit of the free-agent closer Billy Wagner, their top priority this off-season, they have reached out toward improving other areas of their bullpen. They have inquired about the left-handed reliever Joey Eischen, who spent last season with the Washington Nationals, Eischen's agent, Alan Nero, confirmed yesterday.

    Eischen, 35, was used primarily as a situational left-hander last season, when he went 2-1 with a 3.22 earned run average in 57 appearances, and he may have made an impression on the Mets with how he handled Cliff Floyd.

    Eischen would be expected to be a situational left-hander for the Mets, and possibly work as an occasional set-up man for their new closer. It is no secret that the Mets would love for that to be Wagner, and several Mets executives visited him and his agent, Bean Stringfellow, at his Virginia home on Wednesday to prove their keen interest in him, according to a baseball executive familiar with the meeting who did not want his name used out of concern that it might affect the competition for Wagner's services.

    Wagner is the top closer on the market, but the Mets cannot offer him a contract until Nov. 12 because the Phillies have exclusive negotiating rights with him until then. Wagner is believed to be seeking at least a three-year deal.

    Nero also said the Mets have expressed interest in another of his clients, the free-agent catcher Bengie Molina, who played for the Los Angeles Angels last season. [/b][/quote]

    I wish the Cards would get this guy...

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    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
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    Is his contract with the NFL Network up?
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