News: Mets close to deal with Alex Cora

Alex Cora is close to finalizing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mets, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI Radio in Boston.

In 75 games for the Red Sox in 2008, the 33–year-old Cora hit .270 with a .371 OBP, while playing second base and shortstop.

In his 11–year career, he has played short, second, left field, third base and first base.

He is hitting .245 through 2,800 career at-bats.

…i was hoping they would sign David Eckstein instead, but, like Ty Wigginton, he’s probably holding out for a starting job some place…the thing is, cora may end up being the starting second baseman before the season is over…

…from what i understand, the Mets had been eyeing cora for a while, because they had been in search of a middle infielder who could serve as a back-up, but be trusted to step in and start at second should Luis Castillo stumble yet again