Twins Given Guides For Relocating

Posted: November 19, 1997

The Minnesota Twins moved a step closer to North Carolina when baseball appointed a five-man committee yesterday to guide the team through the sport's relocation rules.

``Carl Pohlad has tried everything to stay in Minnesota,'' acting commissioner Bud Selig said. ``It's very frustrating.''

The Minnesota Legislature last week defeated a proposal to finance a new ballpark, and Pohlad has an agreement with North Carolina businessman Don Beaver to negotiate a sale unless stadium financing is approved by Nov. 30.

If he buys the Twins, Beaver has said would apply to move the team to North Carolina following the 1998 season.

MANTLE: ESTATE SUES The estate of Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle filed a $1 million lawsuit against a New Jersey sports merchandising business alleging that it sold Mantle memorabilia without license to do so.

SIGNINGS: CLARK, CORA Detroit first baseman Tony Clark, who hit 32 home runs and drove in 117 runs last season, agreed to a four-year contract. Terms were not released.

Joey Cora, who became a free agent after the World Series, returned to the Seattle Mariners when he agreed to a $1.65 million, one-year contract.

Catcher Jeff Reed, 35, decided to return to the Colorado Rockies, agreeing to a $2.6 million, two-year contract.

Doug Jones returned to the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to a $3 million, one-year contract. Jones, 40, was 6-6 with a 2.02 ERA last season.

Bret Saberhagen agreed to a $1.6 million, one-year contract to remain with the Boston Red Sox.

DEVIL RAYS: HIRE COACHES In addition to stocking their roster, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hired five coaches: Frank Howard (bench); Rick Williams (pitching); Garry Riddoch (third base); Billy Hatcher (first base); and Steve Henderson (hitting).

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