The Devil Rays picked up a $3 million option to keep Jose Canseco for next season.

The 35-year-old slugger was having one of his better seasons before being sidelined for six weeks because of back surgery to repair a herniated disk.

Canseco, batting .280 with 83 RBI in 99 games, signed with the Devil Rays as a free agent after hitting a career-high 46 homers for the Blue Jays in 1998. He earned a base salary of $2 million this year.

NO SALE YET: While the Walt Disney Co. is open to an offer, it doesn't appear close to a deal to sell either the Angels or the NHL's Mighty Ducks.

"I think it's been highly exaggerated," Tony Tavares, president of Disney subsidiary Anaheim Sports Inc., said yesterday at the baseball owners' meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y. "It's not actively being shopped."

Tavares said Disney was approached by people interested in the teams about four months ago and was "in a listening mode." But he said talks hadn't even progressed to the point where the team would seek permission from the commissioner's office to show its books to prospective suitors.

Disney took control of the Angels from Gene Autry in March 1996 and bought a 100 percent interest following his death last year. Tavares said the Angels' poor performance -- they began the day 60-85, 26 1/2 games behind first-place Texas in the AL West -- was not a factor.

CHEATERS?: The Red Sox are convinced the Indians are doing much more than videotaping games for instructional purposes.

Boston Manager Jimy Williams asked that a camera atop the center field wall at Jacobs Field be covered after he became suspicious that Cleveland was stealing signs.

"I think we've got something," Williams said.

Williams approached umpire crew chief Tim Welke before Tuesday night's game -- a 12-3 Boston victory -- with some kind of evidence that the Indians were up to no good.

And apparently whatever Williams showed Welke was enough to have the Indians cover the camera, which Cleveland says is used to evaluate its own players' performance.

Welke said he has notified the AL of the situation, and that the camera would remain covered for last night's game.