Mets Rumors & News
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It’s been awfully quiet in Flushing lately. Here’s a quick recap of the recent moves and maneuverings at Shea.

Over the weekend, the Mets reacquired Cubs outfielder Angel Pagan in exchange for two low-level minor leaguers. Pagan was a star on the Brooklyn Cyclones while in the Mets organization and was sold to the Cubs in January 2006. The 26-year-old speedster has a .255 batting average and nine homers in 318 career major league at-bats.

Over in his mailbag for, Marty Noble states that his initial reaction to the trade is that the acquisition could make Endy Chavez expendable, however according to Noble, “a member of the club hierarchy said Pagan had been acquired only for reasons of outfield depth.”

duaner21.jpgIn that same mailbag, Noble notes that Tom Nieto will be replacing Rickey Henderson on Manager Willie Randolph‘s coaching staff. Nieto had previously served as the team’s catching instructor.

The Mets have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with reliever Duaner Sanchez, who missed all of last season following two shoulder surgeries. It’s unknown whether or not Sanchez can come close to the often dominant form he exhibited prior to the car accident that shelved him in 2006, but reports indicate that the righty is in great shape and hitting 94 mph on the radar gun while pitching off a mound in Port St. Lucie. The Mets could sorely use any help they can get in their thin, mediocre bullpen.

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