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GREENWELL CUT LOOSE AS RED SOX SHUFFLE ROSTER

Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, and now Mike Greenwell are all former left fielders for the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox designated Greenwell's contract for assignment, a move that essentially makes him a free agent before the free-agency filing period, which expires 15 days after the World Series is over.

"The Red Sox appreciate Mike Greenwell's long tenure of service in a Red Sox uniform," general manager Dan Duquette said.

The expected announcement came nearly three weeks after he told the team he didn't want to come back to the team, at least as a role player.

The left fielder was one of three players designated for assignment as the club shuffled its 40-man roster.

Boston also designated infielder Bill Selby and pitcher Bob Milacki and added first baseman-designated hitter Bo Dodson, infielder Roberto Mejia and outfielder Adam Hyzdu to the roster.

Boston appears to be grooming infielder Wil Cordero for the left-field spot.

Greenwell batted .295 with seven homers and was limited by injuries to 77 games last season. He has a .303 career average with 130 homers in 1,269 games.

Marlins pursue Bonds

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins' pursuit of three-time MVP outfielder Barry Bonds is not likely to intensify until the World Series, when club officials will have the chance to meet with their counterparts with the San Francisco Giants.

The Marlins, who as expected targeted Bonds as their No. 1 priority at their organizational meetings last week, have let it be known to the Giants that in exchange for the 32-year-old Bonds, they would be willing to deal first baseman Greg Colbrunn, second baseman Ralph Milliard, top outfield prospect Billy McMillon and two other minor-league prospects.

The Giants, meanwhile, are asking for much more. They want rookie shortstop Edgar Renteria, left fielder-first baseman Jeff Conine and a starting pitcher out of the big-league rotation.

Indians return Candaele

CLEVELAND -- Infielder Casey Candaele has accepted his assignment by Cleveland to the Buffalo Bisons for next season but Geronimo Pena has refused his and opted for free agency.

The moves were among six made by the Indians, who reduced their 40-man roster to 37. Pitcher Daron Kirkreit and first baseman Herbert Perry, who had knee surgery, were moved to the 60-day disabled list and do not count against the 40-man limit.

The Indians also activated pitcher Jeff Sexton from the 60-day disabled list and sent him and pitcher James Lewis outright to Buffalo.

Sexton was placed on the DL June 29 with a sprained ligament in his right elbow. Lewis was 9-6 with the Herd last season.

Around the horn

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named Baseball America's Rookie of the Year, his second such award this month. Jeter, 22, hit .314 with 10 home runs and 78 RBIs this season. He was named the Sporting News' AL Player of the Year on Oct. 7.

Jeter outdistanced Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Todd Hollandsworth in the voting.

The Baltimore Orioles fired pitching coach Pat Dobson and are on the verge of hiring former Orioles pitching coach Ray Miller, according to league sources.

The hiring of Miller, 51, could be finalized as soon as today. The Seattle Mariners have offered Miller a two-year contract, but the Orioles are expected to at least match the Seattle offer.

Miller has been Jim Leyland's pitching coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but has been accepting offers since Leyland resigned that position. Dobson is a native of Lancaster.

Four members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, third baseman Mike Blowers, outfielder Chad Curtis, right-handed pitcher Jim Bruske and infielder Oreste Marrero, have elected to become free agents. In addition, the Dodgers acquired John Wehner on a waiver claim from Pittsburgh.

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