The Seattle Mariners obtained all-star outfielder Randy Winn from Tampa Bay yesterday as compensation for letting manager Lou Piniella go to the Devil Rays.
Seattle also agreed to send minor league infielder Antonio Perez to the Devil Rays. The teams agreed to the deal Friday, contingent on Tampa Bay's reaching an agreement with Piniella to become the Devil Rays' manager.
Winn, 28, hit .298 with 39 doubles, 9 triples and 14 home runs in 2002, while driving in 75 runs as the Devil Rays' leadoff hitter. He led Tampa Bay in hits (181), total bases (280), doubles, triples, runs (87), RBIs and stolen bases (27).
Wedge to Indians; Macha to A's
Eric Wedge will be hired as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team source told the Associated Press. Wedge, 34, who managed Cleveland's Class AAA team in Buffalo the past two seasons, would be the youngest manager in the majors. . . .
Bench coach Ken Macha will be introduced as the Oakland Athletics' new manager today, his agent and a team source said. . . .
The New York Mets officially introduced Art Howe as their new manager. Howe agreed to a four-year contract worth $9.4 million after being released from the last year of his deal with the Oakland Athletics.
Thomas a Free Agent
Frank Thomas will test the free agency market after spending his entire career with the Chicago White Sox. The two-time American League most valuable player told the White Sox he will exercise his right to become a conditional free agent Monday. This comes three weeks after the White Sox invoked a contract clause that drastically reduces his salary. Also among the 70 players filing for free agency: Atlanta's Tom Glavine, Cleveland's Jim Thome and Texas's Ivan Rodriguez.