Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000
Raines returns to Montreal for another shot at playing
MONTREAL -- The Expos delved into their past to add another component of the Yankees' recent championship success.
Montreal agreed to a minor-league contract Thursday with 41-year-old outfielder Tim Raines, who joins former Yankees Graeme Lloyd and Hideki Irabu.
"My son (Tim Jr.) actually has a chance to make the ballclub this year in Baltimore," Raines said from his home in Heathrow. "The Griffeys are the only father-and-son combination that ever played in the big leagues at the same time ... it's a chance for both of us to pull this off."
Raines, an Expo All-Star from 1981-87, retired March 23 from the Yankees as he tried to return after suffering complications from Lupus while with Oakland in 1999.
Montreal also refused to offer a contract to outfielder Wilton Guerrero, making him eligible for salary arbitration.
ST. PETERSBURG -- After two years as Tampa Bay's minor-league infield instructor, Buddy Biancalana was named manager of Class A Charleston.
It is the first managing assignment for Biancalana, an infielder with the Royals from 1982-87.
Pitching coach John Duffy, coach Jamie Nelson and trainer Dan Plante, all at Class A Hudson Valley last season, join Biancalana.
The Rays also announced manager Edwin Rodriguez and pitching coach Rafael Montalvo are returning to Princeton. Wendell Bolar, a coach with Tampa Bay's Gulf Coast League team in 1998, will coach. Bolar spent the last two years as a coach at Butte Community College in Chico, Calif.
The staffs at Double-A Orlando, Class A Bakersfield and Hudson Valley are expected to be announced next week. Triple-A Durham's staff with manager Bill Evers was announced last week.
CARDINALS: Right-hander Garrett Stephenson agreed to a one-year, $1.025-million deal. He was 16-9 last season.
MARINERS: Infielder Mike Caruso, claimed on waivers last week, was sent back to the White Sox.
ORIOLES: David Segui made his $28-million, four-year contract official, two days after the sides agreed to terms. Baltimore also designated third baseman Ryan Minor for assignment and did not offer a contract to pitcher Calvin Maduro, making him a free agent.
PIRATES: Catcher Jason Kendall's $60-million, six-year contract extension allows him to buy a luxury box at PNC Park and includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives. Kendall agreed to the deal, the richest in team history, Nov. 17.
RANGERS: Left-hander Justin Thompson signed a $2.42-million, one-year deal and infielder Frank Catalnotto signed an $850,000, one-year contract.
REDS: Left-hander Jeff Wallace became a free agent when Cincinnati, which got him this month, did not offer him a contract.
ROCKIES: It turns out Mike Hampton's contract is for $121-million over eight years, not the $123.8-million stated by his agent, according to details sent to teams and other agents. Mark Rodgers included $2.8-million in future interest not counted as part of the contract by the Major League Baseball Players Association or the commissioner's office.
ROYALS: Pitchers Tim Byrdak and Jeff D'Amico and outfielder Todd Dunwoody were not offered contracts.
TIGERS: Infielder Shane Halter ($420,000) and pitcher Steve Sparks ($650,000) agreed to one-year deals.
WHITE SOX: Chicago re-signed outfielder Magglio Ordonez ($3.75-million, one year) and signed former former Devil Rays infielders Tony Graffanino ($375,000, one year) and Herbert Perry (one year).
- Staff writer John Romano contributed to this report.