Mets re-sign pitching coach Peterson to three-year deal

Feb 2, 2007 - 10:37 PM FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Just over a week after bringing back manager Willie Randolph, the New York Mets rewarded Rick Peterson and the rest of their coaching staff.

The Mets on Friday re-signed Peterson, one of baseball's most renowned pitching coaches, to a three-year contract.

New York also re-signed bench coach Jerry Manuel, hitting coach Rick Down, third base coach Sandy Alomar and bullpen coach Gary Conti to two-year deals.

Peterson, 52, joined the Mets prior to the 2004 season and enjoyed his finest campaign with the club in 2006, when New York finished third in the National League with a 4.14 team ERA.

"Rick has done a great job with the pitchers," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "He has a personal approach for each guy, and I think his success over the last three years speaks for itself."

The signings come eight days after the Mets inked Randolph to a new three-year contract with a club option for 2010. Under Randolph's guidance, the Mets went 97-65 last season en route to an NL East Division title and an appearance in the NLCS.

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