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Outfielder Danny Tartabull, who signed with the Phillies for $2.2 million this spring but played just three games, has declared free agency.

Tartabull suffered a broken left foot when he was hit by a foul ball opening day. In late September, he underwent an MRI, which showed that he still had a broken bone.

Tartabull turned down a minor-league assignment.

Phillies pitchers Scott Ruffcorn and Billy Brewer also rejected outright assignments and opted for free agency.

This spring, the Phillies aggressively courted Tartabull, who hit 27 home runs and 101 RBIs in 1996 for the Chicago White Sox. After six weeks of contentious negotiations, he agreed to the one-year deal for less than half the $5.3 million he made in his final year in Chicago.

He batted 0 for 7 in the first three games and never returned.

Gagne, Dodgers part ways

LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Greg Gagne's career with the Los Angeles Dodgers appears finished.

The Dodgers announced that Gagne, who hit .251 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 144 games this past season, has opted to become a free agent.

"Greg did an outstanding job for us the past two seasons and we wish him the very best," Dodgers executive vice president Fred Claire said. "We held an option on Greg's contract for 1998, but Greg has expressed an interest to be closer to his home in Massachusetts."

Gagne, who turns 36 next month, said late in the season that he might retire, but also left the door open to playing for a team closer to his home. He and his wife, Micki, have three children.

In 13 full big-league seasons and parts of two others, he has a .254 average with 111 homers and 604 RBIs.

Cordero suffers setback

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Wilfredo Cordero suffered a setback in court when a judge ruled that his wife's statements on the night he was arrested can be used during his trial on spousal abuse charges.

In a ruling that was dated Tuesday but released Friday, Cambridge District Judge Roanne Sragow said she will allow police officers to repeat much of what Ana Cordero told them on June 11, when they answered a 911 call from the Corderos' apartment and found her with bruises on her neck and arms and a bloody nose.

Blue Jays trim list

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' list of leading candidates for their vacant manager position is down to fewer than 12, the team said. Blue Jays general manager Gord Ash met recently with Detroit Tigers bench coach Larry Parrish. The team said other candidates include: Anaheim Angels third-base coach Larry Bowa; Chicago Cubs Triple-A Iowa manager Tim Johnson; San Diego Padres first-base coach Davey Lopes; Texas Rangers third-base coach Jerry Narron and bench coach Bucky Dent; Kansas City Royals bench coach Jamie Quirk; New York Yankees third-base coach Willie Randolph; and former Boston Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy, who has received an endorsement from Toronto's Roger Clemens.

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