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Mets Re-Sign Dennis Cook

Free agent Dennis Cook, who set a New York Mets record for left-handed pitchers with 73 appearances last season, re-signed with the team Wednesday for three years and $6.6 million.

The 36-year-old Cook was 8-4 with a 2.38 ERA, allowing 60 hits and 27 walks while striking out 79 in 68 innings. He tied for third in the National League in victories by a reliever, had one save as the left-handed setup man for closer John Franco and limited right-handed batters to a .203 batting average.

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  • "He was a big player for us," manager Bobby Valentine said of the Texas native. "To lose him would have been a big void to fill. He had the opportunity to go elsewhere and we're happy to have him back."

    Cook was acquired before the season as part of the fire sale of the 1997 world champion Florida Marlins. Ironically, the announcement of the signing was made Wednesday when another Marlin with a championship ring, Bobby Bonilla, was being introduced to the New York media after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    "Dennis was a key performer in our bullpen last season and he really helped keep things together out there," general manager Steve Phillips said. "He was a key member of the Marlins in 1997."

    Phillips also said the Mets were not finished dealing.

    "We still have a number of things working on the trade front and the free agent front," he said. "We're lookinto make a move with one of the corner outfield positions and then with second base or third base."

    In a career that has spanned all or parts of 11 seasons, Cook is 46-36 with a 3.80 ERA and four saves for the Mets, Florida, Texas, Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. In 427 games, he has made 71 starts but none since 1995. He has three career shutouts.

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