C Joe Girardi, a member of three World Series championship teams with the Yankees, signed a three-year deal with the Cubs. Girardi, 35, began his major league career with the Cubs in 1989, and in four seasons hit .262 in 304 games. He was selected by Colorado in the 1992 expansion draft and spent three seasons there before being traded to the Yankees after the 1995 season. Last season, he was primarily a backup for Jorge Posada, hitting .239 in 65 games.

UMPIRES HEARING: Responding to an attempt by Richie Phillips to keep control of umpires, the National Labor Relations Board called a hearing for Wednesday on last month's election that ousted the union leader.

TRADE: The Astros traded OF Carl Everett (.285, 25 HR, 108 RBI) to the Red Sox for two prospects, SS Adam Everett and LHP Greg Miller. Carl Everett made $2.5 million last year and is eligible for a big raise in arbitration next year.

OTHER NEWS: The Marlins traded OF Todd Dunwoody to the Royals for IF Sean McNally. . . .

RHP Roberto Manzueta was assigned to the Pirates' minor league system after being acquired from Arizona to complete the Brad Clontz trade. . . .

The Diamondbacks sent OF Dante Powell to the Cardinals for IF Luis Ordaz. . . .

Indians CF Kenny Lofton underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder and could be out until next season's all-star break.