Garciaparra stays with Cubs, Radke with Twins

Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2004

NEW YORK Nomar Garciaparra stayed with the Chicago Cubs, Brad Radke remained with Minnesota and the Boston Red Sox made arbitration offers to Pedro Martinez and several other World Series stars Tuesday, the first big deadline of the offseason for teams and free agents.

St. Louis kept pitcher Matt Morris, and the Yankees and right-hander Jaret Wright closed in on a three-year contract worth $20 million to $21 million, the first major move by New York to revamp its aging rotation.

A total of 41 players were offered arbitration by the midnight deadline, including Carlos Beltran and Roger Clemens (Houston), Adrian Beltre (Los Angeles) and Carl Pavano (Florida). They have until Dec. 19 to accept and can re-sign with their former teams through Jan. 8.

Anaheim did not offer arbitration to third baseman Troy Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP, and Toronto didn't offer it to first baseman Carlos Delgado.

Garciaparra agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract to remain with the Cubs, the team that acquired him from the Red Sox at the end of July. If he stays healthy, he could make up to $11 million with Chicago.

Radke got an $18 million, two-year deal from the Twins. He went 11-8 with a 3.48 ERA in 219 2-3 innings last season, teaming with AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana to form an outstanding duo at the top of Minnesota's rotation.

St. Louis completed a trio of deals just before the midnight deadline. Morris, a 22-game winner in 2001 but 15-10 with a 4.72 ERA last season, got a $2.5 million, one-year contract and the chance to earn $4.5 million more in performance bonuses. The Cardinals also agreed to one-year deals with outfielder John Mabry ($725,00) and pitcher Cal Eldred ($600,000).

New York offered salary arbitration to Jon Lieber and Orlando Hernandez before Tuesday's midnight deadline, giving the team until Jan. 8 to re-sign two key members of last season's rotation. However, Lieber appeared headed for Philadelphia or Cleveland.

The Yankees also reached a preliminary agreement with Tony Womack on a $4 million, two-year contract, giving New York a starting second baseman to replace Miguel Cairo.

In addition to Garciaparra, Chicago agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with second baseman Todd Walker, and a $2.7 million, two-year contract with catcher Henry Blanco.

Boston offered arbitration to Martinez, Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek along with shortstop Orlando Cabrera, pitchers Pedro Astacio and Mike Myers, infielder Pokey Reese and first baseman David McCarty.

''Some of them were offered arbitration with the understanding they won't accept arbitration,'' Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. ''That simply extends our window. Sometimes making good decisions takes time.''

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