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danman31
12-12-2001, 07:00 PM
From CBS Sportsline:
BOSTON -- In another contract-driven trade at the winter meetings, the Anaheim Angels, unable to work out a multiyear deal with outfielder Darin Erstad, were prepared to deal him to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday for outfielder Chris Singleton, pitcher Jon Garland and three minor-leaguers, SportsLine.com has learned.

But a broadcast report out of Chicago Wednesday evening said Angels management had decided against the deal at the last minute.

Erstad, one season removed from a career-year for the Angels, suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2000. Bothered by nagging back and knee troubles, Erstad batted just .258 with nine homers, 63 RBI and 24 steals in 2001.

Just one year earlier, Erstad battled .355 with 25 homers, 100 RBI and 28 steals for the Angels. One of their more popular players because of his grit, hustle and diving catches, Erstad also set an Angels record with 366 total bases in 2000, a number driven in part by a sparkling, career-high .355 on-base percentage.

The Angels wanted to sign Erstad to a multiyear deal because he is eligible for free agency following the 2002 season, but he and his agent, Jeff Moorad, preferred to sign a one-year deal for 2002 rather than commit to the Angels long-term. A Midwest native -- Erstad is from Fargo, N.D. -- Erstad would be a highly popular player in Comiskey Park.

The White Sox were reluctant to part with the right-handed Garland, a coming star who went 6-7 with a 3.69 ERA for the White Sox in 2001.

In three seasons with the White Sox, Singleton, 29, has a lifetime batting average of .283. In 2001, he batted .298 with seven homers and 45 RBI.

Paulwny
12-12-2001, 07:04 PM
Originally posted by danman31
From CBS Sportsline:
BOSTON --
But a broadcast report out of Chicago Wednesday evening said Angels management had decided against the deal at the last minute.


I also saw the write up, does anyone else besides radio Chicago call the deal dead?