Japanese reliever signs with Mets

Hoping they found their setup man on the other side of the globe, the New York Mets agreed Thursday with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi on a $3 million, two-year contract.


The 30-year-old right-hander became the first major addition this off-season for the Mets after a 70-92 debacle that left them with a fourth-place finish in the NL East.

New York thinks Igarashi could fill the role of eighth-inning setup man for All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez .

DODGERS: The team has reached preliminary agreement with free agent Jamey Carroll on a $3.85 million, two-year contract.

Carroll's agent, Jonathan Maurer , confirmed the deal Thursday, with the second baseman expected to undergo a physical in the next few days.

Maurer said the deal includes incentives up to $525,000 a year based on at least 275 plate appearances.

Carroll played the past two seasons in Cleveland.

ORIOLES: Third baseman Garrett Atkins and reliever Mike Gonzalez have reached preliminary agreements with Baltimore, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Gonzalez gets a $12 million, two-year contract and Atkins receives a one-year deal with an option for 2011 that guarantees him $4.5 million.

The deals are pending physicals, according to the people, who spoke separately on condition of anonymity because the contracts had not been completed as of Thursday afternoon.

MARINERS: Cliff Lee wanted to stay in Philadelphia.

The Phillies' postseason star said he proposed a counteroffer on a contract extension Wednesday -- the day he was traded to Seattle in a four-team deal that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies.

Speaking by telephone while on vacation in Puerto Rico, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner said he's "disappointed" but he can't blame the Phillies for preferring Halladay. Lee said he will make the best of his situation in Seattle and likes the moves the Mariners are making.


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