© St. Petersburg Times, published November 24, 2002
NEW YORK -- The Yankees, Mets and Rockies have talked about a three-way deal that would send Colorado pitcher Denny Neagle to the Mets, the Daily News reported Saturday.
Each of the three teams would pay a share of Neagle's contract, the News reported. Neagle has struggled in Colorado and has at least three seasons left on a contract that will pay him at least $37-million.
Yankees outfielders Raul Mondesi and Rondell White and Mets outfielder Jeromy Burnitz could be involved in a deal, the newspaper said.
Neagle, a left-hander who previously played for the Yankees, was 8-11 with a 5.26 ERA last season.
The Mets and Yankees declined comment to the Associated Press on Saturday. Calls to the Rockies were not immediately returned.
The Yankees would acquire no players in the deal but would gain salary cap and luxury tax relief, the story said.
The Rockies have been active this offseason. They already traded Crystal River's Mike Hampton and his big contract to Florida, which then dealt the left-hander to Atlanta. A proposed trade between Colorado and Arizona fell apart when two players, Larry Walker of the Rockies and Matt Williams of the Diamondbacks, vetoed it.
ASTROS: Outfielder Richard Hidalgo was recovering at home after he was shot in the left forearm during a carjacking in Caracas, Venezuela. Hidalgo plans to travel to Houston today and meet with the team's training staff Monday, team spokesman Warren Miller said. "It seems pretty positive, what we know, but we don't know a whole lot yet," Miller said. "We'll know something Monday when he comes in and sees the medical team."
RED SOX: Boston reportedly is preparing a bid to sign Cuban pitcher Jose Contreras, who recently defected to Mexico. The 31-year-old right-hander still has to establish residency in a third country to be eligible for free agency in the United States, but he is expected to get the largest contract given to a Cuban defector, more than the $14.5-million the Indians gave Danys Baez. Orioles fans should remember Contreras from an exhibition game in Havana three years ago, when he struck out 10.
REDS: Infielder-outfielder Russell Branyan will need surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined four months.