The New York Mets finally signed a starting pitcher, agreeing Wednesday to a three-year, $21.75-million contract with Rick Reed.
Reed gets $6.75 million next season, $7 million in 2002 and $8 million in 2003. The Mets have an $8-million option for 2004 that would become guaranteed if Reed has either 585 innings pitched in the next three seasons or 400 in 2002 and 2003.
"I said it a million times probably over the last couple of years: I enjoyed my time in New York and I wanted to stay," Reed said.
Reed, a 36-year-old right-hander, was 11-5 with a 4.11 earned-run average in 30 starts last season. He had been seeking a four-year, $32-million contract from the Mets--matching Al Leiter's deal with the team.