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Anaheim gave shortstop Orlando Cabrera a $32 million, four-year deal on Monday night, and the Houston Astros cut Wade Miller when they refused to offer the injured pitcher a 2005 contract.

 

On a busy day of deals among players eligible for salary arbitration, Minnesota outfielder Jacque Jones agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract, and Toronto right-hander Justin Speier got a $4.15 million, two-year agreement. Players on rosters who weren't offered contracts by Monday became free agents.

 

Among players who were already free agents, two left-handed relievers agreed to two-year contracts, with Steve Kline getting $5.5 million from Baltimore and Kent Mercker $2.6 million from Cincinnati. Texas also finalized its $1.8 million, two-year deal to re-sign outfielder David Dellucci, and Los Angeles and left-hander Wilson Alvarez were close to a $4 million, two-year agreement.

 

There were no developments in the big three-way trade that would send Randy Johnson from Arizona to the New York Yankees, a deal that would have outfielder Shawn Green go from Los Angeles to the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles still has not signed off on the trade, which then must be approved by commissioner Bud Selig. Once that happens, New York wants a 72-hour window to negotiate a contract extension with Johnson.

 

But the Yankees are moving ahead on another front. New York owner George Steinbrenner is scheduled to meet with free-agent center fielder Carlos Beltran on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.

 

On the trade front, San Diego acquired outfielder Dave Roberts from Boston for outfielder Jay Payton, infielder Ramon Vazquez, minor league right-hander David Pauley and $2.65 million.

 

Cabrera replaces spunky shortstop David Eckstein, who was not offered a contract by the Angels. Cabrera was dealt from the Montreal Expos to Boston in July and helped the Red Sox win their first World Series title since 1918. But Boston replaced him with Gold Glove winner Edgar Renteria, who left St. Louis to accept a $40 million, four-year offer from the Red Sox.

 

Miller, who made $3.4 million this year, was 7-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts before a rotator cuff injury sidelined him for the season on June 26. At the time, the right-hander said he thought rest would cure the problem and that he could avoid surgery.

 

Also cut loose were Boston left-hander Lenny DiNardo, catcher Sandy Martinez and left-hander Billy Traber; Arizona right-hander Brandon Medders and left-hander Shane Nance; and Cincinnati right-handers D.J. Mattox and John Riedling, and left-hander Phil Norton. Many teams said they would wait for the deadline to pass before announcing decisions.

 

Jones, known for excellent defense, hit .354 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs. The Twins also agreed to one-year deals with second baseman Luis Rivas and designated hitter Matthew LeCroy.

 

Others who agreed to one-year contracts were Cleveland second baseman Ronnie Belliard ($3 million); Baltimore outfielder Jay Gibbons ($2.6 million); Oakland right-hander Chad Bradford ($1.4 million) and second baseman Mark Ellis; Detroit outfielder Alex Sanchez and Brandon Inge ($1.35 million each); Expos left-hander Joey Eischen ($1.04 million) and right-hander T.J. Tucker ($657,000); Chicago Cubs infielder Jose Macias ($825,000); Philadelphia left-hander Aaron Fultz ($550,000); and Toronto infielder John McDonald ($400,000).

 

Even before Monday's deadline, some players agreed to deals. St. Louis left-hander Ray King got a $4.6 million, two-year contract late Friday and Chicago White Sox outfielder Timo Perez agreed to a $1 million, one-year deal.

 

I wonder how long Wade is out for, I wouldnt mind the Marlins taking a gander.

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