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Archive for Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Briefs

March 21, 2001

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Padres change Henderson offer

Peoria, Ariz. The San Diego Padres tweaked their offer to Rickey Henderson, bumping his base pay by $50,000 to $300,000 if he makes the big league club.

Henderson, 42, accepted the minor league deal on Monday. The career stolen base leader must still play his way onto the roster, and if he does, he'll earn $100,000 more than the major league minimum.

"This deal shows how much Rickey Henderson wants to play baseball," general manager Kevin Towers said Tuesday, Henderson's first full day with the club. "It's not about money. It's about the opportunity to play."

The Padres had offered Henderson $250,000, without incentives. The contract did include the Padres' standard package for awards such as making the All-Star team or winning Gold Glove or Silver Slugger awards.

Higginson turns down Tigers' contract offer

Detroit Bobby Higginson rejected a contract offer from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, moving one step closer to testing the free-agent market after the season.

The Tigers gave Higginson's agent, Ed Hayes, their latest offer Tuesday afternoon.

Yankees' Knoblauch to try left field

Tampa, Fla. The Knoblauch Experiment began early Tuesday morning with about 50 fans watching on a practice diamond at Legends Field. Chuck Knoblauch stood there with Lee Mazzilli, listening as the New York Yankees coach gave him tips on his new job.

"We'll try to fashion a course in Left Field 101 as fast as we can," Mazzilli said.

Knoblauch, his career as a second baseman cut short because he can no longer accurately throw to first, then went to left field for a lengthy portion of batting practice in the main stadium, spending part of the time talking with center fielder Bernie Williams.

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