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Cora signs with Mets

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  January 22, 2009 04:42 PM

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The New York Mets formally announced this afternoon that they have signed former Red Sox utilityman Alex Cora to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported earlier this week that he will receive $2 million in 2008.

Last season, the 33-year-old Cora batted .270 in 75 games for the Red Sox. He started 41 games, 38 at shortstop. He was the primary reserve infielder on the Red Sox' 2007 championship team.

"You win championships with a 25-man roster," said Mets general manager Omar Minaya. "Alex Cora has been an integral part of teams that have been to the postseason in four of the last five years."

Cora, who was acquired by the Red Sox from the Indians in July 2005 in exchange for Ramon Vazquez, has a .245 career batting average with 117 doubles, 34 triples, 34 home runs and 242 RBI. He has also has played for the Dodgers.

"I'm excited to join the Mets," said Cora. "We have a talented roster. I'm committed to do everything I can in any role to win."

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