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The Return of the Orb and the Loss of Alou

The Mets re-signed righty reliever Orber Moreno. They gave him a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. They had previously non-tendered him making him a free agent but had all intentions of signing him. The move was apparently done to avoid arbitration. Moreno had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder on October 21 which probably scared other teams. He was mostly good coming out of the bullpen in 2004 posting a 3.38 ERA with 29 hits, 29 Ks and 11 BBs in 34.2 innings. He expects to be ready for spring training.

In other news, it looks like Moises Alou has signed with the San Francisco Giants. The deal is pending Alou passing a physical. If he passes he will be working under his father, Felipe Alou, who is currently the Giants’ manager.

Now that Alou is out of the picture maybe Omar Minaya will focus on other players. Today’s Daily News reports that the Mets have already turned their attention to signing Carlos Degado in the wake of the Alou signing. Carlos Beltran is another big name the Mets have their eyes on. With the Astros having reportedly offered Beltran a six-year, $96 million deal and George Steinbrenner trying to get the outfielder in pinstripes Minaya surely has his work cut out for him and will have to be a bit more aggressive in trying to recruit Beltran.

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