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Veteran outfielder leaves Expos

ATLANTA -- Carl Everett rejoined the Chicago White Sox on
Sunday when the switch-hitting outfielder was traded from the
Montreal Expos for minor league pitchers Jon Rauch and Gary
Majewski.

With slugger Frank Thomas on the disabled list and right fielder
Magglio Ordonez slowed by a sore knee, the White Sox were looking
for a versatile player with some pop. When healthy, Everett can
provide that.

"He will help on offense and make the lineup stronger," White
Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said in Oakland before his team played
the Athletics. "Without Frank we need a guy like him."

Chicago, which entered the day leading Minnesota by a half-game
in the AL Central, also receives about $800,000 as part of the
deal. Everett
is expected to join the White Sox in time for Monday night's game
at Texas.

"I only want to wish him well," Montreal manager Frank
Robinson said. "It's good for him. I think he will help the White
Sox down the stretch. He'll be playing for a team that has a shot
at winning."

The 33-year-old Everett played the final 73 games of last season
for Chicago. He started 2003 with the Rangers, then was sent to the
White Sox on July 1. He batted .301 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI
with Chicago. The two-time All-Star signed a $7.5 million, two-year
contract with Montreal in December.

"I went over there last year to do the same thing," Everett
said before he left Turner Field, where the Expos were playing the
Atlanta Braves. "I really enjoyed the teammates here in Montreal.
I'm just getting to know them and now I'm leaving."

This season, the injury-plagued Everett has a .252 average, with
two homers and 14 RBI in 39 games for the last-place Expos. He
missed 30 games with an injured shoulder early, then hurt his ankle
while on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

When he returned to the lineup, he aggravated his ankle injury
and went back on the disabled list.

"I'm actually getting healthier, so that's the whole key,"
Everett said. "I think this team would probably have been a little
different if the eighth game of the season, I didn't have the
shoulder injury.

"I'm disappointed in that area, that I couldn't help the team
physically and on the field."

Thomas is expected to miss about eight weeks with a stress
fracture in his left ankle. Ordonez came off the disabled list last
week after missing 36 games, but he has only been able to play as a
designated hitter since his return.

The 6-foot-11 Rauch, the tallest player in major league history,
was 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA at Triple-A Charlotte. He went 1-1 with a
6.23 ERA in two starts for the White Sox this season.

Majewski was 3-3 with a 3.19 ERA and a team-high 14 saves at
Charlotte.

"I guess they did what they thought was best for the team,"
Montreal second baseman Jose Vidro said. "We were not winning.
They can get some young guys they think they can develop."