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Clemens, Maddux, Kent offered arbitration

Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2002

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Jeff Kent were offered salary arbitration by their old teams, Ray Durham moved across San Francisco Bay to the Giants, and Texas said goodbye to catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a busy deadline night in baseball.

Teams had until midnight EST to re-sign their former players who became free agents or offer them arbitration. The New York Yankees made the offer to Clemens, who wants to re-sign, Atlanta made the offer to Maddux just before midnight and the NL champion San Francisco Giants made the offer to Kent.

In all, 24 players were offered arbitration, including pitcher Tom Glavine, who agreed Thursday to a tentative deal with the New York Mets.

Those offered arbitration have until Dec. 19 to accept or reject the offers and can continue negotiations through Jan. 8. The 107 not offered arbitration can't re-sign until May 1.

Durham, a second baseman who was Oakland's designated hitter, was among 13 free agents who signed Saturday. He agreed to a $20.1 million, three-year contract with the Giants, who also gave him a $7 million player option for 2006. San Francisco also signed outfielder Marquis Grissom to a $4.25 million, two-year deal.

Left-hander Jamie Moyer got a $15.5 million, three-year contract to stay with Seattle, an agreement that includes $6 million in performance bonuses in the final season. The Mariners also agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Pat Borders, who would get $500,000 if he's added to the major league roster.

Seconds before midnight, the Mets agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract with right-hander Steve Trachsel.

, who joins with Glavine, Al Leiter and Pedro Astacio in a rotation the Mets hope will end Atlanta's streak of 11 straight division titles.

Philadelphia re-signed left-handed reliever Dan Plesac to a $2 million, one-year contract, and Boston re-signed right-hander Frank Castillo to an $800,000, one-year deal.

Arizona re-signed outfielder Steve Finley to an $11.25 million, two-year contract and gave minor league contracts to right-hander Armando Reynoso and infielder Chris Donnels. Reynoso would get $650,000 if he makes the Diamondbacks and Donnels would get $425,000.

Houston gave a $1 million contract to right-hander Shane Reynolds, who had surgery June 13 to repair a pinched nerve in his lower back and missed the rest of the season. He can earn an additional $5.75 million in roster and performance bonuses.

The Yankees agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract with backup catcher Chris Widger, but declined to offer arbitration to a pair of relievers who had been key in their recent title run, left-hander Mike Stanton and right-hander Ramiro Mendoza.

Instead, New York closed in on a two-year contract with left-hander Chris Hammond for about $5 million.

Montreal, the team owned by the 29 others, agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract with outfielder Wil Cordero.

Scott Boras, the agent for Maddux, was in Atlanta for a wedding and said he would speak with the Braves. Boras said he had been talking with seven or eight teams about Maddux.

''I anticipate we'll have something done by the end of the winter meetings,'' Boras said, a reference to the gathering that runs from Dec. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

Rodriguez made his major league debut for Texas as a 19-year-old kid midway through the 1991 season and became a 10-time All-Star. His departure was assured after the Rangers acquired Einar Diaz from Cleveland on Friday.

''This was a very tough decision and certainly one that will be painful for the fans,'' Rangers owner Tom Hicks said.

Also given offers were outfielder Darren Bragg, first baseman Julio Franco, and infielder Keith Lockhart (Atlanta); pitcher Brian Anderson, infielder Greg Colbrunn and first baseman Mark Grace (Arizona); outfielder Cliff Floyd (Boston); pitchers Dave Burba and Terry Mulholland (Cleveland); pitchers Joey Hamilton and Jose Rijo (Cincinnati); pitcher Paul Byrd (Kansas City); third baseman Ron Coomer (Yankees); pitchers Terry Adams and Ricky Bottalico, center fielder Doug Glanville and catcher Todd Pratt (Philadelphia); pitcher Brian Boehringer (Pittsburgh); pitcher Chuck Finley (St. Louis); and left-hander Norm Charlton (Seattle).

Among those who declined arbitration were shortstop Mike Bordick (Baltimore); outfielder Rickey Henderson and closer Ugueth Urbina (Boston); third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo (Mets); and outfielders Kenny Lofton and Reggie Sanders (San Francisco).

Durham, a dependable run-producer and a possible leadoff hitter for the speed-starved Giants, got a $3.6 million signing bonus. He will make $4 million next season, $6 million in 2004, and $6.5 million in 2005.

He hit .289 with 114 runs, 15 homers, 70 RBIs and 26 steals in 150 games last season for the White Sox and the Athletics, who acquired him in a trade July 25. Durham was a designated hitter for the A's, who wanted to re-sign him but couldn't offer the chance to play in the field.

''Ray is a proven commodity who can bring a high level of run production to our offense,'' general manager Brian Sabean said. ''He's an excellent athlete who plays solid defense and will give (manager) Felipe (Alou) some versatility in how he uses him. He is established as one of the premier leadoff men in the game.''

Grissom, a four-time Gold Glove with a .270 career batting average, is a veteran of 14 major league seasons with five clubs, including Montreal -- where he played for Alou, the Giants' new manager.



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