Friday, February 08, 2002

Baseball notebook

Source: Robinson soon to join Expos

The Associated Press

        NEW YORK — Commissioner Bud Selig moved closer Thursday to hiring Hall of Famer Frank Robinson to manage the Montreal Expos and former Anaheim boss Tony Tavares to become team president.

        Selig has been talking with other baseball officials about putting together a management staff for the Expos, a high-ranking baseball official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The Expos are being sold to the other 29 clubs as part of baseball's unusual ownership shifts.

        Though the baseball official said Selig had moved closer to hiring Robinson and Tavares, the commissioner said speculation was premature.

        “I've made no decision yet,” Selig said. “I'm going to work my way through it over the weekend.”

        Three people appeared to be in competition to become general manager: New York Mets senior assistant general manager Omar Minaya, former Texas general manager Doug Melvin and former Toronto general manager Gord Ash.


        Detroit closer Matt Anderson agreed to a three-year, $9.7 million contract, not only avoiding salary arbitration but also potentially skirting his first year of free agency.

        • Baltimore right-hander Sidney Ponson avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms Thursday on a $2.65 million, one-year contract.

        Ponson, 25, was winless in his last 10 starts in 2001 before missing the final five weeks of the season with tendinitis in his right forearm. He finished 5-10 with a 4.94 ERA, allowing 161 hits and 19 homers over 138 1-3 innings.

        • Left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii's agent anticipates his client will sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers by today's deadline.


        Izzy Alcantara homered and the Dominican Republic downed previously unbeaten Mexico 4-3 in the Caribbean Series.

        The Dominicans (3-2) prevented Mexico (4-1) from clinching the championship in the six-game, round-robin series.


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