2003-02-22 / Sports

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WAIT AND SEE:  Memo from Steve Phillips to Robbie Alomar – put up the numbers, then we’ll talk dollars. Alomar reported to the Mets’ camp in Port St. Lucie on Monday and was informed that the team wasn’t interested in discussing a contract extension just yet, instead preferring to save those talks for after the season. Alomar, who turned 35 on Feb. 5, put up a .266 average and 53 RBI for the Mets in 2002, his lowest totals since 1988. He never really appeared comfortable in New York and was somewhat of a question mark heading into the winter, but opted not to exercise his right to declare free agency after the season and the Mets rewarded Alomar by picking up his $8 million option for 2003. Rebuffed by the Mets for now, Alomar told reporters he isn’t quite sure how his Shea future shapes up. “I don’t know,” he said. “I did want to stay here because that’s why my agent talked to them. I wanted to be a Met until the day I retire, but sometimes you don’t know what’s going to happen.”- Bryan Hoch The Associated Press contributed to this report.WAIT AND SEE: Memo from Steve Phillips to Robbie Alomar – put up the numbers, then we’ll talk dollars. Alomar reported to the Mets’ camp in Port St. Lucie on Monday and was informed that the team wasn’t interested in discussing a contract extension just yet, instead preferring to save those talks for after the season. Alomar, who turned 35 on Feb. 5, put up a .266 average and 53 RBI for the Mets in 2002, his lowest totals since 1988. He never really appeared comfortable in New York and was somewhat of a question mark heading into the winter, but opted not to exercise his right to declare free agency after the season and the Mets rewarded Alomar by picking up his $8 million option for 2003. Rebuffed by the Mets for now, Alomar told reporters he isn’t quite sure how his Shea future shapes up. “I don’t know,” he said. “I did want to stay here because that’s why my agent talked to them. I wanted to be a Met until the day I retire, but sometimes you don’t know what’s going to happen.”- Bryan Hoch The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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