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Mets Target Robin Ventura

November 24, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ After losing out on free agent Brian Jordan, the New York Mets have turned their attention to third baseman Robin Ventura.

General manager Steve Phillips has reportedly offered Ventura, a five-time Gold Glove winner who would provide a strong left-handed bat in the Mets lineup, a three or four-year deal averaging between $6 million and $7 million.

Ventura, 31, is seeking a $40 million, five-year contract similar to the one Jordan signed with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Ventura is also being courted by Boston, Seattle and St. Louis.

If the Mets sign Ventura to play third, they would move Edgardo Alfonzo to second base.

Ventura, who made $6,125,000 last season with the Chicago White Sox, hit .263 with 21 home runs and 91 RBIs.

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