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Sosa Nears Deal With Mets

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The Mets are closing in on a short term deal for Jorge Sosa, according to club officials. Sosa was 3-11 with a 5.42 ERA with Atlanta and St. Louis last season, but was obviously the Mets backup plan considering they lost out on Barry Zito (Giants) and Jeff Suppan (Brewers). The Mets are also looking into signing Aaron Sele and Ramon Ortiz. The Mets have no interest in Jeff Weaver or Tomo Ohka, who has received more than one two year offer. Sele went 8-6 with a 4.53 ERA with the Dodgers last year, and wouldn't be a terrible risk because he pitched in 29 games last year and averaged about six innings per start. Ramon Ortiz pitched with the Nationals last year going 11-16 with a 5.57 ERA. He also averaged about six innings per start but was very inconsistent at times. Assuming Sosa signs with the Mets and they sign either Sele or Ortiz, the back end of their rotation is still very weak:

P Tom Glavine 15-7 W-L, 3.82 ERA
P Orlando Hernandez 11-11 W-L, 4.66 ERA
P John Maine 6-5 W-L, 3.60 ERA
P Jorge Sosa 3-11 W-L, 5.42 ERA
P Aaron Sele 8-6 W-L, 4.53 ERA

* Pelfrey and Perez will likely recieve the spots of Sosa and Sele