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Expos bank on Everett

Minaya unfazed by star's troubled past

The Montreal Expos think Carl Everett's troubled past is behind him.

 

The All-Star outfielder, who feuded with management in Boston but revived his career last season in Texas and Chicago, agreed yesterday to a contract with Montreal that guarantees him $7.5 million.

"We needed to replace some of the offense we lost with Vladimir," said Expos general manager Omar Minaya, who couldn't work out a deal to re-sign Vladimir Guerrero.

Also yesterday, the Expos traded catcher Michael Barrett to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named.

Everett's complex contract will pay him either $3 million for one year, $7.5 million for two seasons, or $12 million for three years. He receives a $3 million salary in 2004 and a $4 million player option for 2005. If he exercises it, Montreal would get a $5 million team option for 2006 with a $500,000 buyout.

He earned $9.15 million last season, when he became an All-Star for the second time.

Everett, 33, hit .287 last season with 28 homers and 92 RBIs for the Rangers and White Sox, who acquired him July 1. He is a .278 career hitter over 11 frequently turbulent seasons, including stints with the Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Houston Astros, and Red Sox.

"We were not concerned about any troubled history," Minaya said. "People that are players just praise Carl to me."

Clemens: No deal

Roger Clemens turned down a burnt orange Hummer, spurning an offer by a local car dealer to take the luxury sport utility vehicle in exchange for joining his hometown Houston Astros by late yesterday morning. The Rocket didn't rule out ending his retirement, however . . . The Seattle Mariners reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year contract with first baseman Scott Spiezio and acquired outfielder Quinton McCracken from the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Greg Colbrunn. Spiezio, 31, was a key player in Anaheim's 2002 World Series victory. His deal, worth about $9 million, cannot be finalized until he passes a physical, according to a baseball source. Arizona also agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with catcher Brent Mayne . . . Free agent Jeff Suppan and St. Louis agreed to a two-year contract. Suppan, 29 next month, went 13-11 with a 4.19 ERA for Pittsburgh and the Red Sox last season . . . The Philadelphia Phillies agreed with free agent Roberto Hernandez on a one-year contract. Hernandez, 39, ranks ninth on the career saves list with 320 . . . Juan Encarnacion agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers also acquired righthander Brandon Weeden from the New York Yankees to complete Saturday's trade for Kevin Brown . . . The Colorado Rockies acquired righthander Sandy Nin from Toronto to complete a trade . . . The Yankees finalized their $775,000, one-year contract with backup catcher John Flaherty . . . The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Dustan Mohr from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named.

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