Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Mets’ deadline approaching to re-sign Valentine

October 31, 2000

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— The New York Mets are running out of time to negotiate a new contract with Bobby Valentine before the manager becomes a free agent.

The Mets are believed to have offered a three-year contract to Valentine, whose deal expires tonight.

"Negotiations on all fronts are ongoing," general manager Steve Phillips said Monday. "When we feel it is appropriate to announce something, we will. We hope to have a resolution by tomorrow."

Phillips' contract expires Dec. 31, but there are indications that he already has agreed to a new deal. Phillips has begun negotiating with Valentine's representatives something Phillips said wouldn't happen until his deal was agreed to.

If the Mets don't sign Valentine by today's deadline, he would be free to negotiate with any team. At least one club has shown interest in Valentine. Cincinnati was denied permission to talk with him during the playoffs. There are currently three other manager openings.

"The time constraints are built in," Phillips said. "From the beginning, the expectation was to get everything completed by midnight tomorrow. It is still possible. If not, things change. It will be a different environment in which we all live and have to make decisions."

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