Outfielder Todd Hollandsworth agreed Monday to a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The 32-year-old Hollandsworth, a graduate...
CLEVELAND — Outfielder Todd Hollandsworth agreed Monday to a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians.
The 32-year-old Hollandsworth, a graduate of Newport High School in Bellevue, played for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves last season.
Cleveland gave Hollandsworth a nonroster invitation to spring training, where he is expected to compete for an outfield spot on the major-league roster.
The Cubs traded Hollandsworth to Atlanta on Aug. 29 for minor-league pitchers Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows. Hollandsworth played in 24 games for the Braves, but was not on the team’s postseason roster for the National League playoffs against Houston.
Hollandsworth hit .244 with six homers and 36 runs batted in last year. He was the NL rookie of the year in 1996, when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hollandsworth has a career average of .275 with 91 homers and 366 RBI in 1,028 games.
Cleveland’s outfield includes 23-year-old Grady Sizemore, a graduate of Cascade High School in Everett.
Cubs trade Patterson to Baltimore
CHICAGO — Outfielder Corey Patterson, once projected as a star of the future for the Chicago Cubs, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor-leaguers: shortstop Nate Spears and left-hander Carlos Perez.
Patterson, 26, hit .252 with 70 homers in parts of six major-league seasons with the Cubs, appearing in 589 games. He tore a knee ligament midway through 2003, when he batted .298.
He started 111 games in center field for the Cubs last year, struggling with a .215 average and 13 homers in 126 games.
“Basically, I thought I played well with the Cubs other than in 2005,” Patterson said. “I just got into a rut, and before I knew it I couldn’t get out of it.”
Patterson was booed loudly and often at Wrigley Field and became expendable after the offseason acquisitions of Juan Pierre and Jacque Jones.
• Bruce Sutter has a chance to become the first pitcher with no career starts elected to the Hall of Fame when results of 2006 balloting are released today.
With no strong first-year candidates, Sutter, fellow reliever Rich Gossage and outfielder Jim Rice appear to be the players most likely to gain election among the 29 on the ballot.
• Outfielder Bobby Kielty agreed to a $1.85 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, avoiding salary arbitration.
• Free-agent outfielder Michael Tucker agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals, who gave a $2.2 million, two-year contract to reliever Luis Ayala.
• Milwaukee designated infielder Russell Branyan for assignment, making room for new third baseman Corey Koskie. The Brewers acquired Koskie in a trade with Toronto last week.
• Trever Miller and the Houston Astros finalized a $1.3 million, one-year contract after the ex-Tampa Bay relief pitcher passed a physical. He was 2-2 with a 4.06 earned-run average in 61 appearances last year.
• Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who signed a $39 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last month, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday. He is expected to recover before the start of spring training.
All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent of the Dodgers is scheduled for surgery on his right wrist today to remove scar tissue.
• Hall of Famer Gary Carter was promoted to manager of the Class A St. Lucie Mets after managing New York’s Gulf Coast League team last year. An 11-time All-Star catcher, Carter’s goal is to become a major-league manager.
• Portland Mayor Tom Potter said he has a “very strong sense” most residents don’t care about landing a baseball team and reiterated his position that the city will not help finance a stadium for the Florida Marlins.
Potter spoke with reporters after meeting with Marlins president David Samson and other team officials, who are touring potential new homes for the struggling franchise.
• The Minnesota Twins asked a Hennepin County District Judge to rule they aren’t obliged to play at the Metrodome after this season.