The Houston Astros traded switch-hitting outfielder Carl Everett to the Boston Red Sox, cutting his multimillion-dollar salary from their payroll and getting two minor leaguers in return: shortstop prospect Adam Everett and left-handed pitcher Greg Miller. . . . The Astros also announced that Mike Hampton, who was 22-4 with a 2.90 ERA last season, is refusing to discuss a contract extension, preferring to become a free agent after next season. . . . Jeff Conine, who proved to be a valuable addition to the Baltimore Orioles last season, guaranteed his return by agreeing to a two-year, $5.75-million contract. . . . Veteran catcher Joe Girardi, a member of three World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees, signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. . . . The New York Mets said they have gotten the message and are pretty much giving up hope of trading for Ken Griffey Jr. . . . Outfielder Todd Dunwoody, who struggled last season with the Florida Marlins, was traded to the Kansas City Royals for minor leaguer Sean McNally. . . . The Angels are expected to hire Daron Sutton, son of Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, to fill the vacancy on their radio broadcast team.