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Becker Agrees to Mets Contract

February 13, 1998

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) _ Outfielder Rich Becker agreed Friday to a $1.55 million, one-year contract, becoming the last New York Mets player in arbitration this year to settle before a hearing.

Becker’s agreement was at the midpoint between the $1.9 million he requested and the $1.2 million the Mets offered. A hearing had been scheduled for next week in Phoenix.

Becker, 26, hit .264 for Minnesota last season with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 443 at-bats and made $260,000. New York acquired Becker from the Twins on Dec. 12 for outfielder Alex Ochoa.

In an deal announced late Thursday, pitcher Dave Mlicki agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract.

The 29-year-old right-hander, was 8-12 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts last season. His new deal calls for him to get $1.25 million this year and $2.25 million in 1999.

Mlicki had asked for a raise from $610,000 to $1.9 million, while the Mets had offered $1 million. A hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 20 in Phoenix.

New York hasn’t had a case go to a hearing since 1992.

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