In a startling development that came shortly after the New York Yankees broke off trade negotiations with Minnesota, the California Angels landed seven-time batting champion Rod Carew from the Twins for four players and $400,000.
The Angels gave up outfielder Ken Landreaux, right-handed pitcher Paul Hartzell and two minor leaguers -- catcher-third baseman Dave Engel and left-handed pitcher Brad Havens.
The deal culminated a hectic negotiation period for the services of the player acknowledged by most to be the best hitter in baseball.
One month ago the Angels reached agreement with the 33-year-old frist baseman on a five-year, $4 million contract, but the deal fell through when the Twins demanded the Angels include young third baseman Carney Lansford.
The Yankees then tried to work out a trade with the Twins but abandoned the effort early today. Yankee owner George Steinbrenner placed the blame on Carew and his lack of "understanding the privilege of playing for the New York Yankees."
This came after Carew said earlier in the week that he resented being "pushed around" and said: "I am offended when I read all this stuff about the New York Yankees and what 'George wants, George gets.'
"I want everybody to know I can't be bought."
"I would have talked to the Yankees," Carew said. today. "Had they been willing to match the California contract, I probably would have gone there, even though I didn't like the idea of playing in New York as much as I did the thought of playing in California. I really didn't want to get involved in all of the fighting and controversy that goes on in the Yankee clubhouse."