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EXPOS OPEN WALLET TO SIGN RELIEVER LLOYD

With new incoming owner Jeffrey Loria showing a desire to spend, the Montreal Expos agreed to a $9 million, three-year contract with left-hander Graeme Lloyd.

"It was surprising at first," he said. "I wasn't sure what to expect but they certainly turned my head.

"I know that we have some work to do with the Expos. One of the things that excites me about becoming an Expo is the opportunity to build a winning team."

Lloyd, dealt by the New York Yankees to Toronto in February's trade for Roger Clemens, gets a $3 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $2 million.

In other baseball news: Kerry Wood agreed to a $690,000, one-year contract with the Cubs, the same salary he earned in 1999 after winning the NL Rookie of the Year award. He also picked up his first victory of the year, throwing off a mound for the first time since reconstructive surgery on his right elbow last April.

With that hurdle crossed, his next goal is making the opening day roster.

"I think it's a real goal," he said from Arizona. "The closer we get and the further along we get in the throwing program, the more realistic that becomes."

With new manager Don Baylor and new pitching coach Oscar Acosta watching, Wood threw fastballs for six minutes at the Cubs' minor league facility in Mesa, Ariz. He threw 35 pitches, including a few he thought were in the low 90s.

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