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Mets sign Braden Looper

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Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - The New York signed pitcher Tuesday to a two-year contract worth $6.5 million with a club option for 2006. Looper went 6-4 with 28 saves and a 3.68 ERA in 74 appearances last season for the World Series champion Florida . The righthander had pitched the last five seasons for Florida, but wasn't re-signed by the , as they inked former Met to become their new closer.

Looper served as Florida's closer until mid-July, when the signed . However, Looper did have several more opportunities to save games even after Urbina was signed.

He went 2-0 with one save in the playoffs, but had a 5.14 ERA. His big moment came in Game 4 of the World Series, when he escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 11th inning and posted the victory.

A first-round draft pick by the , Looper started his major league career in 1998 by pitching four games for St. Louis. He was traded to Florida prior to the 1999 season and has a career record of 19-17 with 46 saves and a 3.70 ERA in 372 games.

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