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Posted on: Friday, January 22, 2010

MLB: Mets obtain Matthews from Angels


RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK Gary Matthews Jr. was traded from the Los Angeles Angels to the New York Mets on Friday for right-hander Brian Stokes.

Matthews, who will compete with Angel Pagan to play center field while Carlos Beltran starts the season on the disabled list, is owed $23 million over two seasons as part of his $50 million, five-year contract.

The Angels agreed to send the Mets $21 million as part of the trade, a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the amount was not announced.