Chipper Jones Agrees to Deal With Braves

From Associated Press

Third baseman Chipper Jones has agreed to a $90-million, six-year deal to remain with the Atlanta Braves, Newsday and reported Tuesday.

The Braves also would hold club options on a seventh and eighth year that would make the contract worth $120 million, ESPN reported.

The Braves, who aren't expected to announce the deal until returning to Atlanta on Friday, refused to comment.

Brave first baseman Andres Galarraga, who missed last season because of a cancerous tumor in his back, rejoined the team after having precautionary tests for a cyst in his broken thumb.

Galarraga, 39, flew to Chicago for a whole-body scan and other tests Monday to make sure his cancer hadn't returned. The body scan showed no signs of cancer, but the results weren't back from one other test.


As expected, Toronto outfielder Raul Mondesi will undergo season-ending surgery on his right elbow next Monday. The Blue Jays said he should be ready for the start of the 2001 season. . . . Baltimore right-hander Scott Erickson underwent successful "Tommy John surgery" on his right elbow. A tendon was transplanted from Erickson's left wrist to his right elbow. . . . Cincinnati third baseman Aaron Boone had reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Boone should be able to run in eight weeks and should be completely healed by spring training.


Seattle acquired catcher Chris Widger in a waiver trade with Montreal for two players to be named. The Mariners also brought up Joel Pineiro from triple-A Tacoma and put outfielder Raul Ibanez on the 15-day disabled list. . . . The Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Aaron Myette from Triple-A Charlotte between games of a doubleheader Tuesday night, optioning infielder Greg Norton to make room on the roster. . . . Philadelphia activated right-hander Wayne Gomes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Cliff Politte to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. . . . Yankee pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre was not with the team Tuesday as he began his latest treatment for bone marrow cancer.


Former National League most valuable player Kevin Mitchell's expulsion from the independent Western Baseball League was reduced to a nine-game suspension. Mitchell was expelled last week after punching the owner of an opposing team. . . . Landon Powell, a top high school baseball prospect form North Carolina, took advantage of a little-known draft rule to become a free agent. Powell had his general equivalency diploma validated by major league baseball and can sign with any team, Baseball America magazine reported.

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