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Rays sign Creek for one year

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 3, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are down to one potential arbitration case after agreeing to terms Saturday night with Doug Creek on a one-year deal for $685,000.

Creek, who can earn more through incentive clauses, was 2-5 with a 4.31 ERA last season in a career-high 66 games, making $260,000.

The Rays settled four cases, but it may not be easy to find middle ground in negotiations with Esteban Yan, who went 4-6 with a 3.90 ERA, blowing a league-high nine saves and converting 22.

Yan, who made $650,000 last season, filed for $2.4-million. The Rays offered $1.5-million.

PADRES: Reliever Rob Ramsay will miss spring training after having brain surgery but plans on rejoining the team this season, his agent, Steve Canter, said. Ramsay, 28, had surgery Jan. 23 to remove a tumor, and his chances of making a full recovery are excellent, Canter said in a statement. Ramsay was released from the hospital four days after the surgery.

RANGERS: Catcher Pat Borders agreed to a one-year minor-league contract and was invited to spring training. He spent most of last season with the Rays' Triple-A team in North Carolina before being traded to Seattle. The 38-year-old has played with eight teams in 13 seasons. He was a member of the World Series-winning Blue Jays in 1992 and '93 and was the series MVP for the first title.

YANKEES: Pitchers Ramiro Mendoza and Orlando Hernandez agreed to one-year contracts, avoiding arbitration hearings. Mendoza, who was 8-4 with a 3.75 ERA and six saves in 54 relief appearances, gets $2.4-million. Hernandez, who was 4-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 16 starts in 2001, gets $3.2-million.

-- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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