Mets Re-Sign McEwing, Perez To New Pacts

The New York Mets came to agreement on Friday with utilityman Joe McEwing on a two-year contract and also with outfielder Timo Perez on a one-year deal.

McEwing, 31, who was eligible for salary arbitration, will earn $500,000 a year and is known for his versatility. He played every position except pitcher and catcher in 2003 while managing to hit .241 with 11 doubles, 1 homer, and 16 RBI in 119 games.

"Joe can help you in so many different ways," Mets general manager Jim Duquette said to the Associated Press. "His versatility allows (manager Art Howe) to have many different options throughout a game."

"Super Joe", as he is known to the fans, is excited about staying in Flushing.

"I'm excited about staying in New York and continuing to be a part of the Mets organization," said McEwing, who has been a Met since the team's World Series run in 2000. "I am looking forward to being able to help the team be successful in anyway I possibly can."

The Mets also signed outfielder Timo Perez to a one-year contract that is worth a guaranteed $850,000 plus incentives based upon the number of at-bats he reaches. Last season, Perez batted .269 with 4 homers and 42 RBI in 366 at-bats (127 games) last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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