White Sox happy to get Raines as leadoff hitter
The Chicago White Sox got their leadoff man, and the Montreal Expos picked up a proven run producer and one of baseball's top set-up pitchers.
Seven-time All-Star Tim Raines was traded from the Expos to the White Sox for outfielder Ivan Calderon and pitcher Barry Jones. The deal was made Sunday and formally announced Monday morning.
The White Sox, who finished second in the AL West, nine games behind Oakland, have been looking for ways to strengthen the top of their order.
"Every club that has made it to the World Series in recent years has a solid leadoff man who helped get them there -- Barry Larkin, Rickey Henderson, Steve Sax," Chicago General Manager Ron Schueler said. "They all had a leadoff player who could get on base, steal a base and get something started."
Raines, 31, had lost his leadoff position and wanted out of Montreal, where he played for 10 years. He had a career average of .301 for the Expos and averaged 63 steals a season.
"I've always taken pride in being a leadoff man," Raines said Monday from his Florida home. "Now I get my opportunity to get back."
Not only that, Raines and the White Sox agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract, making him the 28th $3 million-a-year player. The average annual value of $3.5 million ties him with Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart for eighth place on baseball's salary list.
Raines gets a $500,000 signing bonus now, a $500,000 severance payment whenever he leaves the White Sox and $9.5 million over the 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons. The new deal replaces his Montreal contract, which called for him to get $2.1 million in 1991 with a club option for 1992 at the same price.
Calderon couldn't immediately be contacted. He was visiting friends on Christmas Eve in his native Puerto Rico.
"I think he'll be happy to play in Montreal," said Calderon's agent, Jaime Torres. "He was happy in Chicago. But this is a business, and Chicago is known for not paying well."
Calderon hit .273 with 14 homers and 74 RBIs last season. In 1987, he emerged as a top power hitter with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs.
Calderon's contract could be a concern for the Expos. He earned $925,000 in 1990 as an arbitration loser, and is eligible for free agency after the 1991 season.
Jones, 27, was 11-4 with a 2.31 ERA and one save in 1990. He was used as a set-up man for Bobby Thigpen, who set a major league record with 57 saves.
Chicago also gets Class AA reliever Jeff Carter and a player to be named later.
Post-game talk soothes Magic, West differences
The most important event for the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night was not their easy victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Forum, but a meeting after the game between guard Magic Johnson and General Manager Jerry West.
A few days earlier, West had been quoted in a Cleveland newspaper as being critical of Johnson's play this year. And before Sunday's game, Johnson had said his feelings were bruised by West's remarks to the point where he was questioning his future with the team he has led for 12 years.
But after the game, West approached Johnson, the two talked for a few minutes and Johnson pronounced himself ready anew for a long future with the Lakers.
"It's over with," Johnson said. "I want to be here. My feelings were hurt. . . . We're going forward now. I'm here. He's there. We talked about it. Let's play ball."
In an article last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, West was quoted, "Magic is playing OK. He has his moments when he looks like the Magic of last season."
Johnson disputed his play has declined this season, but insisted the meeting with West ended the controversy.
"No problems," Johnson said. "We laughed. Afterward, we hit five, and said, 'OK, let's go back to work.' "
Detmer among 10 finalists for O'Brien QB Award
Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of Brigham Young was among 10 finalists named for the 1990 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
The winner, to be chosen by a board of 12 sports writers nationwide, will be announced in January and inducted during a banquet in Fort Worth, Texas Feb. 11.
Also named as finalists were David Klingler of Houston, Craig Erickson of Miami, Shawn Moore of Virginia, Dan McGwire of San Diego State, Quinn Grovey of Arkansas, Tommy Maddox of UCLA, Bill Musgrave of Oregon, Matt Rogers of Iowa and Casey Weldon of Florida State.
The award, presented by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, is named for the former Texas Christian quarterback who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.
The winner is selected based on his regular-season performance.
Detmer, a native of San Antonio, completed 361 of 562 passes for 5,188 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Besides the Heisman, Detmer won the Maxwell Trophy.
UNLV stays atop AP poll; Syracuse gets a No. 1 vote
It was almost a clean sweep for UNLV, which remained No. 1 in the Associated Press college basketball poll.
After blitzing previously undefeated Princeton, 69-35, then wiping out Florida State, 101-69, the Runnin' Rebels received 62 first-place votes, all but one in the latest poll. The defending national champions, winners of their first five games, totaled 1,574 points to remain comfortably in front.
It was a less comfortable week for No. 2 Arkansas. The Razorbacks had a close call, winning their only game of the week by only three points, 71-68, over Oregon. They received 1,469 points and remained in front of No. 3 Syracuse.
The Orangemen shrugged off reports of questionable practices in their program and stretched their winning streak to 11 games, beating Towson State, 78-73, and Illinois-Chicago, 110-66. Syracuse received the only first-place vote that did not go to UNLV and totaled 1,426 points to remain No. 3. Arizona remained fourth with 1,366 points after a 99-87 victory over Providence in its lone game.
UCLA's 88-71 loss to Iowa cost the Bruins, dropping them from No. 5 to No. 10.