NEW YORK (AP) – Orlando Hernandez stayed with the New York Mets, agreeing Tuesday to $12 million, two-year contract.

El Duque, acquired by the Mets from Arizona in May, went 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 20 starts for New York. He was in line to start the team’s playoff opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers before injuring his calf while jogging in the outfield.

Hernandez missed the division series and the NL championship series but appeared ready to return for the World Series had the Mets advanced that far. New York lost the NLCS to St. Louis in seven games.

El Duque, who turned 41 last month, has an 81-60 career record with a 4.19 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Diamondbacks since leaving Cuba.

New York already knows it will be without Pedro Martinez for the first half of next season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is recovering from shoulder surgery.

The Mets hope to re-sign Tom Glavine, who hasn’t decided whether to stay or try to return to Atlanta, his team from 1987-2002.

AP-ES-11-14-06 1754EST



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