The New York Mets and free agent slugger Jason Bay have reached a deal.

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A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the sides have a preliminary agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Bay must pass a physical for the contract to be complete.
The three-time All-Star is expected to sign a four-year contract. The 31-year-old outfielder hit 36 home runs with 119 RBIs last season for Boston.
The Mets went 70-92 during an injury-plagued year and have been looking for a big hitter to play left field.
The deal was first reported by WFAN.

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Posted: 12/29/09 11:50PM ET