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Mets Sign Right-Hander Chad Bradford

December 28, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Reliever Chad Bradford agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the New York Mets on Wednesday following a season marked by back surgery and his trade from Oakland to Boston.

The 31-year-old right-hander did not allow a run in 23 of his 31 appearances. He appeared in 21 games for Boston following his midseason trade. Bradford became a free agent when Boston failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline.

``Chad is a veteran guy who has had success in the postseason,″ Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. ``He brings valuable experience to our bullpen.″

Bradford, 6-foot-5, was 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 21 games with the Red Sox. He had lower back surgery in March and began last season on Oakland’s disabled list. He was dealt to Boston for outfielder Jay Payton on July 13.

Bradford also pitched with the Chicago White Sox for parts of 1998, 1999 and 2000. In all, he has a 23-16 record and seven saves with a 3.49 ERA. He appeared in at least 68 games each season from 2002-04.

In eight postseason appearances with the White Sox (2000) and the Athletics (2001-03), he has not allowed a run in 8 1-3 innings.

``New York is a great situation for me,″ Bradford said. ``I worked with (Mets pitching coach) Rick Peterson in Oakland and I know what he can do. With all the offseason additions, I’m sure the Mets will be contending for a playoff spot and I want to do all I can to help.″

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