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by Kingman on January 22 at 12:05PM
The Mets acquired some surgically advanced knees today to replace Beltran's rehabbing joints.

Gary Matthews will share center field with Angel Pagan until Carlos comes back.

Gary was briefly a Met in 2002, appearing in two games before being traded to Baltimore for John Bale (who?).

The story from ESPN.com:

The New York Mets have acquired outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday.

Matthews will combine with Angel Pagan to hold down center field while Carlos Beltran recovers from offseason knee surgery.

It's believed the Angels will pay most of the two years and $23 million remaining on Matthews' contract with the Angels.

SI.com was first to report the completion of the trade.

It's not immediately known who the Angels will receive in return for Matthews, but a source told ESPN.com that it will be a low-salaried pitcher off the major league roster.

Matthews, 35, is a .258 hitter in 11 big league seasons. His best year came in 2006, when he hit .313 with 19 homers and 79 RBIs for the Texas Rangers.

The Angels signed Matthews to a five-year, $50 million deal in November 2006, and he hit .252 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs in his first season with the club.

But Matthews endured some knee problems in Anaheim, and his playing time decreased after the Angels signed Torii Hunter in free agency. Matthews expressed a desire to be traded last spring, and reiterated that request this offseason. Sources said that trading Matthews was a major priority for general manager Tony Reagins this winter.

With Matthews' departure, the Angels still have Hunter, Bobby Abreu and Juan Rivera in the outfield, with Reggie Willits in reserve.

Hideki Matsui, who signed a one-year deal to be the Angels' principal designated hitter, has said he would like to play some outfield this season after knee problems limited him to the DH role with the Yankees.

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