Friday, December 14, 2001

Baseball notebook


White Sox deal for RHP Ritchie; Pirates get 3 pitchers in return for starter

The Associated Press

        PITTSBURGH — The Chicago White Sox got the quality starter they felt they needed after slipping to third place last season, acquiring right-hander Todd Ritchie from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player deal Thursday.

        The pitching-thin Pirates got three right-handers — Kip Wells, Sean Lowe and Josh Fogg — and also sent catcher Lee Evans to the White Sox.

        Ritchie was 15-9 with Pittsburgh in 1999 before slipping to 9-8 in 2000. He lost his first eight starts last season but finished 11-15 with a 4.47 ERA.

        Wells went 10-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 40 games with the White Sox. Lowe was 9-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 45 games for Chicago. Fogg made 11 relief appearances in Chicago and was 0-0 with a 2.03 ERA.

        METS:

        New York agreed to a $9.4 million, three-year contract with free agent reliever David Weathers and also signed outfielder Roger Cedeno to an $18 million, four-year contract.

        Weathers went 4-5 with four saves and a 2.41 ERA for Milwaukee and the Cubs. He will be a right-handed setup man for closer Armando Benitez. Cedeno spent 1999 with the Mets, hitting .313 with four homers, 36 RBI and a team-record 66 steals. But he struggled in 2000, playing in just 74 games and hit .282 with six homers, 26 RBI and 25 steals.

        RANGERS-RED SOX:

        Texas took over Boston's biggest headache when the Rangers traded for outfielder Carl Everett. The Red Sox received Darren Oliver, his $5 million contract and his 6.02 ERA.

        Everett was an All-Star his first season in Boston, hitting .300 with 34 homers and 108 RBIs in 2000. But he clashed with two managers this year and struggled on the field, batting .257 with 14 homers and 58 RBI before his season ended Sept.8 because of a knee injury.

        INDIANS:

        General manager Mark Shapiro didn't deal John Rocker during the winter meetings but said he had spoken with several teams about the left-hander.

        “They (the talks) are active and they're ongoing,” Shapiro said.

        The Indians reportedly talked to Texas, Los Angeles and the Chicago Cubs about Rocker.

        If Cleveland isn't able to work out a trade with another team for Rocker, they have to decide by Dec.20 whether to offer him a new contract.

        BLUE JAYS:

        Toronto obtained minor-league infielder James Deschaine from the Cubs to complete the deal that sent shortstop Alex Gonzalez to Chicago Monday.

        Gonzalez was traded to the Cubs on Monday for left-handed reliever Felix Heredia.

        Deschaine, 24, spent last season at Single-A Daytona, hitting .289 with 21 home runs and 82 RBI.

        Toronto put catcher Alberto Castillo and infielder Luis Lopez on unconditional waivers.

        "OTHER' GIAMBI:

        Oakland designated hitter Jeremy Giambi was cited at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport after security officers found about a half-ounce of marijuana in his bag.

        Police cited Giambi, the brother of former Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi, with a misdemeanor for possession of a controlled substance and released him.

        TIGERS:

        Detroit signed free agent utility player Craig Paquette to a two-year contract. Paquette batted .282 with 15 homers and 64 RBI for St. Louis last season.

        ORIOLES-PHILLIES:

        Philadelphia traded right-hander Chris Brock to Baltimore for righty John Wasdin.

        Wasdin went 3-2 with a 5.11 ERA in 44 games for Colorado and Baltimore last season. Brock went 3-0 with a 4.13 ERA in 24 relief appearances for the Phillies last season.

        DODGERS-BLUE JAYS:

        Toronto sent right-hander Paul Quantrill and infielder Cesar Izturis to Los Angeles for right-handers Luke Prokopec and Chad Ricketts.

        Quantrill was 11-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 80 relief appearances this year and led major-league relievers in wins. Izturis played 46 games for Toronto, batting .269.

        Prokopec went 8-7 with a 4.88 ERA in 29 games as a rookie last season. Ricketts went 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 48 relief appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas last season.

       



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