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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2001


Outfielder swap: White, Grissom

PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers traded a disgruntled outfielder Sunday -- Devon White, not Gary Sheffield.

The Dodgers sent White to the Brewers for Marquis Grissom and a minor-league player to be named.

"I think it's a clean slate and everybody gets a new start," White said.

Grissom will make $5-million this season and next. White will make $5-million this season and has a $900,000 buyout at the club's option for 2002. So the Brewers conceivably could clear $4.1-million from their books.

"I think this deal will work out for both parties," Grissom said.

White, 38, arrived at the Dodgers camp in Vero Beach on Tuesday and asked to be traded. Earlier, Sheffield said he wanted either a new contract or a new deal.

White apparently was unhappy that the Dodgers planned to use him as a fourth outfielder -- but that's what the Brewers intend to do. "I just spoke with him and he's excited about coming to Milwaukee and Miller Park. We expect him to be a solid fourth outfielder," Brewers general manager Dean Taylor said.

Of course, White could still end up starting if the Brewers were to trade Jeromy Burnitz, who is entering the final year of his four-year, $14.5-million contract.

"This deal has nothing to do with Jeromy Burnitz," Taylor insisted. "Jeromy Burnitz is our rightfielder."

Burnitz nixed a trade to the Padres this winter because he wanted a contract that would pay him $9-million a year. He has said he doesn't plan to negotiate during the season and surmises he'll be traded by the July 31 deadline.

Back to Sheffield: Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone and Mets general manager Steve Phillips haven't come close to a deal on several packages.

"The Mets' interest has seemed to diminish while other clubs in the National League have been much more aggressive and appear much more willing to get a deal done," Malone said.

WELLS-SIROTKA TRADE: White Sox general manager Kenny Williams met with Sandy Alderson of the commissioner's office to give his side of the David Wells-for-Mike Sirotka trade: "The commissioners' office is on the case, and I presented all the facts. Now we just await the decision." The Jays say Sirotka has a sore shoulder and they want the six-player, Jan. 14 deal reworked.

DIAMONDBACKS: Greg Swindell, 36, has signed a $6-million, two-year contract extension. The left-handed reliever, beginning his 15th major-league season, said this could be his last deal before retirement. Last year, he tied a club record with 64 relief appearances. He was 2-6 with a 3.20 ERA.

ROCKIES: Reliever Jerry Dipoto ended a 15-minute throwing session experiencing pain in his surgically repaired neck, but said the problem was expected and could be healed by today.

TWINS: Coach Jim Dwyer was hit in the ear by a ball during batting practice and taken to a hospital as a precaution. Dwyer, 51, was on the ground for more than 10 minutes.

WHITE SOX: Frank Thomas didn't work out for a fifth straight day, and the star, who said his $9.9-million salary is too low, had another telephone conversation with manager Jerry Manuel. "I understand he and Jerry had a very encouraging conversation," general manager Kenny Williams said.

WRITER DIES: Phil Collier, who covered baseball for 40 years for San Diego newspapers and is in the writers' wing of the Hall of Fame, died at age 75.

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