Veteran outfielder leaves Expos

Updated: July 18, 2004, 11:31 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Carl Everett
Everett

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."


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