Mazzilli, Foley also will interview


Baltimore Orioles: Terry Francona became the fifth person to interview for the Orioles' managing position Tuesday -- and the only one with firsthand knowledge of the job.

Now the bench coach of the Oakland Athletics, Francona compiled
a 285-363 record from 1997-2000 as manager of the Philadelphia

"It was a tremendous learning experience. Because of that, the
next time I manage I think I will be better and definitely more
prepared. I feel very strongly about that," Francona said after
meeting for three hours with Orioles vice presidents Jim Beattie
and Mike Flanagan.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays third base coach Tom Foley will interview
Wednesday, followed by New York Yankees first base coach Lee
Mazzilli on Thursday.

Beattie and Flanagan have not yet decided on whether to call in
Grady Little, who was fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox on

Eddie Murray, currently hitting coach with the Cleveland
Indians, is currently considered to the favorite to get the job.
Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo, Baltimore first base coach Rick
Dempsey and Milwaukee bench coach Rich Dauer have also been

Team officials have played down the possibility that Little will be considered, but Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie didn't rule out the possibility.

"Obviously, when you get someone who's had the success that he's had, you've got to consider and go through the pros and cons and talk to people," Beattie told the Baltimore Sun. "But whether we would interview him or not, that's still up in the air."

Chicago White Sox: Ozzie Guillen, who was celebrating the Marlins' improbable run to the World Series championship on Tuesday, will interview with White Sox general manager Kenny Williams on Wednesday for the team's managing job.

"It's been great,'' Guillen told the Daily Herald of suburban Chicago from his home in South Florida. "We went through a lot and beat a lot of great teams to win the World Series. Now I've been getting phone calls from all of my old friends that are happy for me.''

Williams was one of the first to call and congratulate Guillen, according to the paper. Sox trainer Herm Schneider and roving hitting instructor Harold Baines also phoned Guillen.

"Can I manage in the big leagues?'' Guillen said to the Daily Herald. "Yes, I can. I think a lot of people are surprised that I've only been coaching for three years and I've already been the third-base coach on a World Series champion team. It's a credit to this team.

Guillen played shortstop for the White Sox from 1985-97.

Unlike some of Williams' other candidates -- Cito Gaston, Terry Francona, Buddy Bell -- Guillen has never managed at any level.

"I don't want to manage for a year and then disappear,'' Guillen told the paper. "I want to be like (the Braves') Bobby Cox or the (Cardinals') Tony La Russa. I want to manage for a long, long time.''

Detroit Tigers: Former Tigers player Pete Incaviglia was hired by Detroit on Tuesday as coach of its Double-A Erie farm team.

Rick Sweet was hired as manager of the SeaWolves, and Mike
Caldwell will be the pitching coach.

Incaviglia, a former Oklahoma State standout, spent 12 years in
the major leagues as an outfielder. He had a .246 career batting
average and had two stints with the Tigers, hitting .214 in 97
games in 1991 and .071 in seven games in 1998.

Sweet spent the last three seasons as manager of San Diego's
Triple-A team in Portland, Ore. He's been a minor league manager
for 16 years following nine years in the major leagues.

Caldwell has been a minor league coach for 12 years and spent 14
seasons as a pitcher for four major league teams.

Toronto Blue Jays: Outfielder Frank Catalanotto agreed Tuesday to a $2.3 million, one-year contract, a $100,000 raise.

Catalanotto, 29, signed with the Blue Jays last season and hit
.299 with a career-high 13 homers and 59 RBI. He also set career
highs in runs (83), doubles (34) and extra-base hits (53).

Catalanotto has a career .297 average in seven seasons with 128
doubles, 54 home runs, 241 RBIs and a .359 on-base percentage.

He was eligible for salary arbitration -- at five years, 171 days
of major league service, he was one day shy of being eligible for
free agency.

Catalanotto also spent time with Detroit (1997-99) and Texas

Colorado Rockies: Left-hander Darren Oliver, who led the Colorado Rockies with 13 victories last season, declared free agency on Tuesday, and infielder Chris Stynes became eligible for free agency.

Stynes and the Rockies both declined his $1.25 million mutual

Outfielder Mark Sweeney and catcher Gregg Zaun also declared
free agency. Right-hander Steve Reed previously declared.

Oliver was 13-11 with 5.04 ERA. He tied Jason Jennings for the
team lead in starts (32).

Stynes hit .225 in 138 games, playing mostly third base. His
.972 fielding percentage at third was second-best in the league.

He had a $550,000 base salary and earned $200,000 in performance
bonuses. Because the option was declined, he gets a $200,000

Minnesota Twins: The Twins declined their $1 million option on Chris Gomez on Tuesday, which makes the utility infielder a free agent.

Gomez played in 58 games, batting .251 with one homer and 15
RBIs in 175 at-bats as a shortstop, third baseman and second
baseman. He made $500,000 this season and gets a $250,000 buyout.

New York Yankees: George Steinbrenner summoned manager Joe Torre, general manager Brian Cashman and president Randy Levine to Tampa , Fla., on Monday and Tuesday, Newsday reports.

The lack of a break between the World Series loss to Florida and the meetings speaks to Steinbrenner's anger. Last year, when the Yankees lost the American League Division Series loss to Anaheim, he gave his top officials about a week to rest up before beginning the plans for 2003.

Vice president Gene Michael will be there, and a number of the Yankees' Tampa-based officials will attend, according to Newsday.

Hitting coach Rick Down will be dismissed as soon as Tuesday, and first-base coach Lee Mazzilli is likely to follow, the paper reports

After his poor playoff showing, Alfonso Soriano's future will probably be discussed. Other discussions could include Roger Clemens' retirement, David Wells' back injury and Andy Pettitte's potential free agency.

Seibu Lions: Shortstop Kazuo Matsui became a free agent Tuesday.

Matsui is expected to attract interest from several major league
teams, but he has not yet said if he wants to leave Japan. It is
not known if he has selected an agent.

"I would like to be more than once, more than twice the player
that I am now," Matsui said. "That's why I have declared my free

He will be on the Japanese team that plays in the Asian Olympic
qualifying tournament that starts Friday and runs through Nov. 7.

Matsui, 27, hit .305 with 33 homers and 84 RBI this season for
the Lions. He is not related to outfielder Hideki Matsui, who just
completed his first season with the New York Yankees after leaving
the Yomiuri Giants.