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Mets Hope to Sign Shane Reynolds

April 8, 2003

MIAMI (AP) _ The New York Mets, who have offered free-agent pitcher Shane Reynolds a minor league contract, watched the right-hander work out at a Houston high school Tuesday.

Bruce Benedict, special assistant to the general manager, attended the workout along with representatives from seven other teams, the Mets said.

Reynolds was released by Houston on March 27, and is guaranteed $1 million from his contract with the Astros.

The Mets have offered Reynolds a minor league deal with the provision that if he is added to the major league roster, he would be guaranteed $250,000 in additional money. New York would start him in the minor leagues.

Reynolds’ agent, Tommy Tanzer, has asked for a deal that guarantees the salary from the outset, two management officials said on the condition they not be identified.

``I think he can help somebody,″ Tanzer said. ``I’m in the midst of a negotiation. When it’s all over, I’ll be more than happy to talk about everything that I saw that’s happened.″

``My sense is they want to get something done this week,″ general manager Steve Phillips said. ``It has been two weeks since he has pitched in a competitive situation, and all parties want to get this resolved.″

Reynolds, 35, had a back operation last summer after going 3-6 with a 4.86 ERA in 13 starts. He was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA during spring training.

Reynolds made his major league debut in 1992 and has a 103-86 record and 3.95 ERA.

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