December 1, 1998

The Mets sign 31-year-old Gold Glove third baseman Robin Ventura (.263, 21, 91) to a four-year, $32 million free-agent deal. The former White Sox infielder will join two-time Gold Glove shortstop Rey Ordonez, Edgardo Alfonzo, who will shift from third to second base, and first baseman John Olerud to make up one of the best fielding infields in history, according to Sports Illustrated.