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Mets Dine, Discuss Cano Deal

New York — Jay Z, the new agent for Robinson Cano, had dinner Monday night with top officials of the New York Mets.

Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson were among those there. The get-together also included sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen, but not Cano.

Cano, a five-time All-Star second baseman, is a free agent. He is seeking a 10-year contract for more than $300 million from the Yankees. Alderson said last week he doubted the Mets would offer any nine-figure contracts.

The dinner was initiated by Cano’s side and was first reported by the New York Post.

Giants Ink Hudson

San Francisco — The San Francisco Giants have finalized a $23 million, two-year contract with free-agent pitcher Tim Hudson, who began his career with Oakland.

Hudson had a physical Monday, and the team announced the agreement Tuesday.

The 38-year-old went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery.

Hawkins to Join Rocks

Denver — A person with knowledge of the situation says reliever LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Hawkins returns to Colorado after spending the 2007 season with the Rockies and helping the team make its run to the World Series, where Colorado was swept by the Boston Red Sox.

Civil Rights Game To Astros

Houston — The Houston Astros will host the Baltimore Orioles in the annual MLB Civil Rights game on May 30.

The game will be nationally televised on MLB Network. It will highlight a series of activities, including the MLB Beacon Awards luncheon, a baseball and civil rights movement roundtable discussion and youth baseball and softball games.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced the game and says the Astros have “demonstrated a substantial commitment to supporting diversity throughout our industry.”

It will be the eighth annual installment of the game, which pays tribute to those who fought for equal rights on and off the field. It began in Memphis in 2007 as an exhibition game and was hosted last season by the White Sox.

Nats Promote Coach

Washington — The Washington Nationals have promoted Bob Henley to third base coach.

Henley had been the Nationals’ minor league field coordinator.

His new post was announced by the team on Twitter on Tuesday.

Henley replaces Trent Jewett, who was Washington’s third base coach for the past three seasons but left the club last week to take a job as the bench coach with the Seattle Mariners.

Twins, Bucs Swap Arms

Minneapolis — The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-hander Kris Johnson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Duke Welker in a swap of minor league pitchers.

Johnson went 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four appearances with the Pirates last season. He made one start for the Pirates and went 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis last year. He is a former first-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox.

Welker never played for the Twins. On Oct. 5, he was the player to be named later to complete the trade that sent Justin Morneau from Minnesota to Pittsburgh. Welker went 3-4 with a 3.57 ERA and nine saves in 48 appearances for Indianapolis last season.