Report: Mets to sign Galarraga

The Mets plan to sign free agent Andres Galarraga and invite him to spring training, <I>Newsday</I> reported Wednesday. <P> Galarraga, 43, missed most of the 2004 season after receiving treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, making it back for ten at-bats with the Anaheim Angels in September.

At the time, Galarraga was not sure if he would return for a return engagement in 2005, but it is believed that he would very much like to crack one more home run to put him at 400 for his career.

The "Big Cat" made his Major League debut in 1985 with the Montreal Expos and has also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and the Angels.

The Mets do not currently have a first baseman in place, but are rumored to be in pursuit of free agent Carlos Delgado. Mike Piazza will catch the majority of the season and GM Omar Minaya said that he does not plan on using any of the team's in-house candidates - which include Jason Phillips and Craig Brazell - as a starting player.

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