With a year to go on his contract, outfielder Kevin McReynolds got free-agent treatment from the New York Mets yesterday with a three-year, $10 million contract extension.
The deal mirrors the ones recently signed by Brett Butler, Willie McGee and George Bell, all free-agent outfielders. After watching Darryl Strawberry leave after the final year of his contract, the Mets were not about to let that happen with McReynolds.
Still, the investment comes after a troubling season for McReynolds, one that he called the "toughest, strangest," of his career, when he batted .269, but just .232 against left-handers.
* TIGERS: Former Detroit pitcher Hank Aguirre said investors want to buy the Tigers, but a team spokesman said that Tom Monaghan, who purchased the Tigers for $54 million in 1983, is not interested in selling.