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Mets close in on deal for Beltran

A day after the deadline to re-sign with Houston passed, Carlos Beltran and the Mets agreed in principle to a seven-year, $119-million deal that includes an $11-million signing bonus.

"We have good-faith terms," Beltran's agent, Scott Boras said. "And we're working toward the final agreement."

The 27-year-old centerfielder is expected to take a physical today with the deal announced Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported Houston offered a guaranteed $100-million over seven years plus a $14-million option for 2012 with a $2-million buyout. Because there is no state income tax in Texas, the Mets' offer was only marginally better. But they included a no-trade clause, which Beltran said the Astros included for only the first two years.

"There was some commitment I wanted," Beltran said. "I didn't want to go through what I went through in Kansas City. I wanted to go to one place for a long time."

The New York Times reported Boras spoke with the Yankees on Saturday night, proposing a $100-million, six-year deal. But the Yankees said they didn't want to commit $140-million, including $40-million in luxury taxes.

"I had conversations with four clubs in the last 48 hours repeatedly," Boras said.

The Chicago Tribune reported Boras also called the Cubs.

The Astros faced a midnight deadline to sign Beltran because he declined arbitration. When that passed, they couldn't sign him until May 1.

Acquired from Kansas City last season, Beltran hit .435 with eight homers and 14 RBIs in the postseason for the Astros.

He will be the 10th player with a $100-million deal. His average salary of $17-million will tie Jeff Bagwell for the seventh highest, trailing Alex Rodriguez ($25.2-million), Manny Ramirez ($20-million), Derek Jeter ($18.9-million), Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds ($18-million) and Jason Giambi ($17.1-million).

Green, D'backs agree

PHOENIX _ Arizona and Shawn Green reached an agreement in principle on a three-year, $32-million deal that clears the way for the outfielder to waive his no-trade clause and be dealt by the Dodgers along with $10-million for four minor-leaguers.

The deal was reached about four hours before the 48-hour window to negotiate granted by Major League Baseball expired. Green, 32, was due $16-million for 2005, the final year of his deal, but agreed to restructure it.

It clears the way for the Dodgers to sign Derek Lowe, who went 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in the postseason for Boston. He said he likely will travel to Los Angeles today for a physical, the final step before signing for four years and about $36-million.

JAPAN: Third baseman Tony Batista agreed to a $15-million, two-year deal with Fukuoka. Last season, he had 32 homers and 110 RBIs for Montreal.

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