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Yankees Acquire Sierra in Trade With Rangers

June 07, 2003|From Associated Press

The New York Yankees acquired Ruben Sierra in a trade Friday with Texas, getting a much-needed left-handed bat but also a player who once called Manager Joe Torre "a liar."

The Yankees sent minor league outfielder Marcus Thames to the Rangers.

The switch-hitting Sierra, 37, is batting .258 with three home runs and 12 runs batted in. His salary this season is $600,000, more than affordable for the team with the majors' highest payroll.

Sierra was traded from Oakland to the Yankees for Danny Tartabull in the middle of the 1995 season. Sierra played 96 games for the Yankees in 1996 in their first season under Torre, and he complained that the manager had not been truthful with him about his playing time.

Torre said Friday that he and Sierra patched up their differences at spring training a couple of years ago.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks put David Dellucci on the 15-day disabled list despite the reserve outfielder's protests that he felt no ill effects from a concussion.... The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander reliever Matt White from the Boston Red Sox for minor league outfielder Shelton Fulse.... Tom Glavine's left elbow was still sore Friday and the New York Met pitcher still isn't sure whether he'll make his next start Wednesday at Texas. Meanwhile, the Mets activated reliever Mike Stanton and infielder Jay Bell from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Marco Scutaro and pitcher Pat Strange to triple-A Norfolk.... Boston Red Sox pitching coach Tony Cloninger will go on indefinite medical leave to focus on treatments for bladder cancer, but it was not clear how long the coach would be gone.... Right-hander Pete Harnisch was released by the Cincinnati Reds, leaving him unsure whether he'll continue his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery.... As expected, Montreal Expo slugger Vladimir Guerrero was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a herniated disk in his back.

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