'Alou's deal includes a $7.5 million club option for 2008 with $1 million buyout. The six-time All-Star said he turned down two-year offers from other teams to join the Mets.
- "The length of my contract doesn't really matter at this point in my career," Alou said. "I wanted to come here because this year -- I wanted to win this year."'
The Mets also traded 2 young pitchers to the Marlins, getting 2 back in return.
- 'The Mets did add a pair of young pitchers Monday, acquiring left-handers Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick from Florida for hard-throwing prospects Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom.
Vargas and Bostick are both 23. Owens and Lindstrom are both right-handers.' Report in Newsday by AP baseball writer Mike Fitzpatrick. (The Alou deal follows an 11/18 report in Listin Diario that he'd probably sign with the Mets for 1 year, $8M).