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If Unit Goes, It Won’t Be Until Next Week

Sat., Nov. 22, 1997

If the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees work out a deal involving Randy Johnson, it probably won’t be until next week.

Until then, it’s a stare-down at 3,000 miles between two teams that don’t see eye-to-eye over which players New York should trade for the Seattle pitcher.

“They know what we are looking for,” said Seattle general manager Woody Woodward, who spoke on Friday with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for the fourth time this week. “I don’t think anything will develop quickly, but we are continuing to talk.”

Mantle auction to proceed minus 33 items

An assortment of Mickey Mantle’s personal belongings - including his birth certificate, his bathrobe and his neck brace - were pulled off the auction block Friday to settle a lawsuit by the late Hall of Famer’s family.

Leland’s auction house in New York agreed to pull the 33 non-baseball related items less than 24 hours before today’s auction. Still available for bidding were 201 lots, including a lock of the slugger’s hair - an item that one Mantle attorney described as “ghoulish.”

Around the majors

The Braves announced that they will not be pursuing free agent Brady Anderson… . Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn expects to sign a five-year contract extension worth as much as $10 million a year, the Boston Globe reported. … Freeagent catcher Brent Mayne and the Giants agreed to a $1.45 million, two-year contract.

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