Baseball executives finished the winter meetings in Dallas with a flurry of deals Thursday before heading home, with the Boston Red Sox giving up on shortstop Edgar Renteria and the New York Yankees getting rid of second baseman Tony Womack.
On the fourth and final day of the busiest winter meetings in years, Boston sent Renteria to the Atlanta Braves for Andy Marte.
Perhaps Miguel Tejada could wind up as his replacement in Boston. The All-Star shortstop and 2002 American League Most Valuable Player said he wants out of Baltimore, which signed him to a $72 million, six-year contract before the 2004 season.
“I’ve been with the Orioles for two years, and things have not gone in the direction that we expected, so I think a change of scenery would be the best,” Tejada said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press from his home in Bani, Dominican Republic.
Renteria won Gold Gloves in 2002 and 2003, then helped St. Louis win the National League pennant in 2004. He signed a $40 million, four-year deal with the Red Sox but led the major leagues with 30 errors last season.
Womack had signed with the Yankees after hitting .307 as Renteria’s St. Louis teammate in 2004, but he lost his starting job a month into last season. New York received infielder Kevin Howard and outfielder Ben Himes from Cincinnati in the trade. New York also reached a preliminary agreement on a $2.4 million, two-year contract with lefty reliever Mike Myers.
There were more than a dozen trades and 20 free-agent signings at the meetings.
Detroit was busy, agreeing to a $16 million, two-year contract with left-hander Kenny Rogers and an $11 million, two-year deal with closer Todd Jones. The Tigers announced Jones’ contract but didn’t confirm Rogers’.
Also, Baltimore and catcher Ramon Hernandez reached a preliminary agreement on a $27.5 million, four-year contract, a deal subject to a physical. There also was talk that third baseman Bill Mueller and the Los Angeles Dodgers were negotiating a deal.
Seattle acquired second-year pitcher Marcos Carvajal from Colorado to complete their trade of catcher Yorvit Torrealba.
In other free-agent news, Colorado agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal with reliever Jose Mesa, the Kansas City Royals agreed to a two-year contract with pitcher Elmer Dessens, and infielder Jose Valentin agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Mets worth $912,500.
First-baseman outfielder Mark Sweeney got a $1.8 million, two-year contract with San Francisco, and outfielder Orlando Palmeiro stayed with Houston for $1.9 million over two years.
Cincinnati finalized its trade that sent popular first baseman Sean Casey and $1 million to Pittsburgh for left-hander Dave Williams.
In a late-night trade, All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano was sent from the Rangers to Washington for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge and a minor league pitcher.
Philadelphia acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez from Chicago to complete the deal that sent Jim Thome to the White Sox.
Union accepts steroid agreement
At Henderson, Nev., major league baseball players made it official, unanimously approving a new steroid agreement that toughens penalties and could result in a lifetime ban for a third offense.
The players’ association executive board, as expected, approved the deal worked out with management Nov. 15 under the threat of even tougher legislation from Congress.
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