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Mets Close to Deal with R.A. Dickey

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A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the New York Mets are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal was not yet complete. The 35-year-old right-hander made 14 starts for Seattle in 2008 but was primarily a reliever for Minnesota last season, when he went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in one start and 34 relief appearances.