- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

BOSTON (AP) The New York Yankees were the only team getting a lot done at the winter meetings yesterday, preparing to welcome Jason Giambi and reaching a preliminary deal to add outfielder Rondell White.
While Barry Bonds, Juan Gonzalez, Chan Ho Park, Gary Sheffield, Scott Rolen and Carl Everett waited for their futures to be decided, the two big signings announced were Norm Charlton and Jose Guillen.
Charlton re-signed with the Seattle Mariners, the left-handed reliever agreeing to a $1.25 million, one-year contract. Arizona announced a $500,000, one-year deal with Guillen, a contract the outfielder agreed to weeks ago.
While there were no trades, the Yankees made plans for a news conference today in New York to announce their seven-year agreement with Giambi, a deal worth about $120 million.
New York also reached a preliminary agreement on a $10 million, two-year contract with White, and closed in on a two-year deal for about $12 million with pitcher Sterling Hitchcock.
Anaheim discussed a deal to send third baseman Darin Erstad to the Chicago White Sox for Chris Singleton, right-hander Jon Garland and two minor leaguers. But there was no indication if the proposed trade would be completed.
There also was no word on whether the Dodgers would trade Sheffield of re-sign Park, the top pitcher on the free-agent market.
Park is represented by Scott Boras, who has kept an unusually low profile during the first four days of the five-day session. Boras' other big free-agent client, Barry Bonds, has no known offers other than a proposal to return to the San Francisco Giants.
Boston, needing to add pitching, gave free agent John Burkett a tour of Fenway Park.
"I was really impressed watching him pitch," Red Sox manager Joe Kerrigan said. "He's really a lot smarter pitcher now. He understands that pitching is more than power. He understands that pitching is more brains than brawn."
Boston continued talks with San Diego on a deal to send Everett, their unhappy outfielder, to the Padres for outfielder Ray Lankford.
Everett clashed with two Red Sox managers last season, batting .257 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs before his season ended Sept. 8 because of a knee injury. He is still owed $17.15 million over the next two seasons, a commitment that has made it difficult for Boston his fifth organization to find takers.
"He made it clear to us the last couple of weeks that he wants to play somewhere else," Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said.
Duquette also met with the agent for free-agent second baseman Bret Boone, who has a $23.5 million, three-year offer to return to Seattle. It is not known if the Red Sox are interested.
Philadelphia considered deals for Rolen, eligible for free agency after next season. Manager Larry Bowa called Rolen the best third baseman ever, better than Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt a former Phillies teammate.
Rolen doesn't want to discuss an extension with the Phillies, who have talked with Baltimore about a trade.
"I don't know if he's at the stage where he has decided to get out and pursue free agency," Bowa said. "If he is, there's nothing that could change his mind. It sounds like he wants to pursue free agency."
Among players eligible for salary arbitration, Milwaukee outfielder Mark Sweeney agreed to a $515,000, one-year contract.
Also, talks dragged on for a third straight day as lawyers for baseball players and owners tried to put a deal in writing that would ensure no teams are eliminated for next season.
There appeared to be little if anything of substance keeping the sides apart. But the lawyers, meeting in New York, kept on disagreeing over proposed drafts of the deal.

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