Ron Guidry rejoined the New York Yankees yesterday as the team's pitching coach, and former Boston manager Joe Kerrigan was hired as bullpen coach.

Guidry, the 1978 AL Cy Young Award winner, was a three-time 20-game winner who played for the Yankees from 1975-88. He has been a spring training instructor for the team since 1990, and his number, 49, was retired by the Yankees in 2003.

Kerrigan was the Red Sox' pitching coach from 1997 until he became manager in August 2001, a job that lasted until the following March. He was hired by the Yankees in July as a special adviser to General Manager Brian Cashman. . . .

Mike Scioscia got a new deal to manage the Los Angeles Angels through the 2009 season.

Scioscia guided the Angels to a 95-67 record and their second straight AL West division title this year.

His previous contract extension, announced in 2003, signed Scioscia through 2007 with a club option for 2008. The new deal for Scioscia, who became the Angels' manager in November 1999, includes a team option for 2010.

Scioscia, a 46-year-old former major league catcher, has a 520-452 record with the Angels. Scioscia has taken the team to postseason appearances in three of the last four seasons, winning the 2002 World Series. . . .

Bucky Dent was hired as bench coach of the Cincinnati Reds, making him the top assistant to close friend Jerry Narron. Dent worked with Narron for seven years as a Texas coach before he returned to managing in the minors. Dent managed the New York Yankees' Class AAA Columbus team for the last three seasons. He went 36-53 as the Yankees' manager during parts of the 1989-90 seasons. . . . Hall of Famer Robin Yount is returning to the Milwaukee Brewers as bench coach. Yount spent his entire 20-year playing career with the team.

Yount returned to baseball as bench coach with Arizona in 2002. He resigned when the Diamondbacks fired Bob Brenly as manager in July 2004. . . .

The Chicago White Sox bought out Frank Thomas's contract for $3.5 million, making the best slugger in team history eligible for free agency. The 37-year-old Thomas exercised a $10 million mutual option for next season on Monday, giving the team five days to decide whether to exercise its half. The White Sox could try to re-sign the two-time AL most valuable player for less money.

In another move, Chicago agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with backup catcher Chris Widger. . . .

The Cleveland Indians picked up second baseman Ronnie Belliard's $4 million contract option for next season. . . . The Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. agreed to one-year contract worth a guaranteed $3.21 million. . . . The New York Mets declined their $2 million option on left-hander Dae Sung Koo.

-- From News Services