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© 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.

Biancalana to Charleston

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.

Around the league

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.

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