Cardinals offer second baseman 1-year deal

Updated: January 13, 2004, 1:16 AM ET
Associated Press

St. Louis Cardinals: Second baseman Marlon Anderson agreed Friday to a $600,000, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, who also finalized their $4.2 million, two-year deal with right-hander Julian Tavarez.

St. Louis also agreed to a minor league contract with former-Cardinal Ray Lankford, who did not play last season.

Anderson, who turned 30 on Tuesday, hit .270 last season with six homers runs and 67 RBIs in 145 games with Tampa Bay. He stole 19 bases in 22 chances and made 15 errors.

In six major league seasons, the first five with Philadelphia, Anderson is a .267 hitter with 32 homers and 249 RBIs.

Anderson would get a $50,000 bonus if he has 502 plate appearances. He became a free agent when Tampa Bay didn't offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline.

Tavarez, 30, gets $1.6 million this season and $2.6 million in 2005. He was 3-3 with 11 saves and a 3.66 ERA in 64 relief appearances for Pittsburgh last season.

Tavarez is 63-48 in a major league career that started with Cleveland in 1993. He also has pitched for San Francisco, Colorado, the Chicago Cubs and Florida. He was primarily a starter before joining the Pirates. He had only two career saves until last season.

Lankford, 36, joined the Cardinals in 1990 and stayed until he was traded to San Diego in 2001 for Woody Williams.

His play declined after reconstructive knee surgery -- done without the consultation of team doctors -- after the 1998 season. He was batting .235 with 15 homers, 39 RBIs and 105 strikeouts in 264 at-bats when he waived a no-trade clause in his contract and agreed to the deal for Williams.

St. Louis also agreed to minor league contracts with outfielders Emil Brown and Mark Quinn, outfielder Chris Prieto and first baseman Luis Ortiz.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Outfielder Dave Roberts agreed Friday to a $975,000, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Roberts, 31, hit .250 with two homers, 16 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 107 games last season. He was hampered much of the year by an injured right hamstring.

The Dodgers acquired Roberts from Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2001. He played in 127 games for Los Angeles in 2002, hitting .277 with three homers, 34 RBIs and 45 steals.

Roberts had been eligible for salary arbitration.

Seattle Mariners: Left-hander Ryan Anderson was designated for assignment Friday by the Seattle Mariners to open a roster spot for newly signed shortstop Rich Aurilia.

The Mariners have 10 days to trade Anderson, release him or send him outright to the minor leagues.

The 6-foot-10 Anderson has missed the last three seasons. He had surgery in March 2001 to repair a torn left rotator cuff, and additional operations in March 2002 and last June for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Anderson, nicknamed the "Little Unit," was Seattle's No. 1 pick in the 1997 amateur draft. He has drawn comparisons to Arizona Diamondbacks star Randy Johnson because of his height, his tough slider and a 100-mph fastball.

Anderson hasn't pitched in a game since going 5-8 with a 3.98 ERA for Triple-A Tacoma in 2000. He had 146 strikeouts and 55 walks in 104 innings.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press