Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Bradford to Mets; Cairo to Yanks

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.


Infielder Miguel Cairo and the New York Yankees neared agreement Wednesday on a one-year contract worth between $900,000 and $1 million.

Cairo was with the Yankees in 2004, winning the starting job at second base during the second half of the season and winding up with a .292 average and 42 RBIs. He wanted to re-sign but the Yankees balked at his contract request last December and instead signed Tony Womack, who lost his job one month into the season and was dealt to Cincinnati this month.

Cairo landed with the New York Mets as a backup infielder and outfielder, and he batted .251 with 19 RBIs. He would be a reserve infielder with the Yankees, who have Robinson Cano returning at second base.


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