Anaheim gave shortstop Orlando Cabrera a $32 million, four-year deal last night, and the Houston Astros cut Wade Miller when they refused to offer the injured pitcher a 2005 contract...
NEW YORK Anaheim gave shortstop Orlando Cabrera a $32 million, four-year deal last night, and the Houston Astros cut Wade Miller when they refused to offer the injured pitcher a 2005 contract.
On a busy day of deals among players eligible for salary arbitration, Minnesota outfielder Jacque Jones agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract, and Toronto right-hander Justin Speier got a $4.15 million, two-year agreement. Players on rosters who weren’t offered contracts by 9 p.m. Pacific time become free agents.
Among players who were already free agents, two left-handed relievers agreed to two-year contracts, with Steve Kline getting $5.5 million from Baltimore and Kent Mercker $2.6 million from Cincinnati. Los Angeles and left-hander Wilson Alvarez finalized a $4 million, two-year agreement, and Texas completed its $1.8 million, two-year deal to re-sign OF David Dellucci.
The big three-way trade that would send Randy Johnson from Arizona to the Yankees could be sent to commissioner Bud Selig for approval today. The deal also involves Los Angeles, which would send outfielder Shawn Green to the Diamondbacks.
But the Yankees are moving ahead on another front. New York owner George Steinbrenner is scheduled to meet with free-agent center fielder Carlos Beltran today in Tampa, Fla.
On the trade front, San Diego acquired outfielder Dave Roberts from Boston for outfielder Jay Payton, infielder Ramon Vazquez, minor-league right-hander David Pauley and $2.65 million.
Cabrera replaces spunky shortstop David Eckstein, who was not offered a contract by the Angels. Cabrera was dealt from the Montreal Expos to Boston in July and helped the Red Sox win their first World Series title since 1918. But Boston replaced him with Gold Glove winner Edgar Renteria, who left St. Louis to accept a $40 million, four-year offer from the Red Sox.
Cabrera’s deal calls for a $4 million signing bonus payable over four years, $5 million next season, $6.5 million in 2006, $7.5 million in 2007 and $9 million in 2008.
D.C. stadium deal reached
District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp reached agreement on a stadium financing package that they said will satisfy Major League Baseball by guaranteeing construction of a permanent home for the Washington Nationals along the Anacostia waterfront.
Under the agreement, which the full 13-member council is to vote on today, the District would pursue private financing options for several months. But Cropp said she will drop a requirement that half the ballpark be privately financed.
Mike Cameron, New York Mets center fielder, had surgery Friday to repair cartilage in his left wrist and won’t be able to play until after Opening Day. Cameron, 31, felt discomfort in his wrist during a game in September, and the pain reappeared during workouts last week, the Mets said. Team doctors told him he can resume full activity in March, but won’t be able to play for the team until after the Mets’ opening game on April 4.
Left-hander Kent Mercker agreed to a $2.6 million, two-year contract with Cincinnati.