Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BRIEFS Mariners Acquire Relaford in Trade

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BRIEFS Mariners Acquire Relaford in Trade

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The Mariners traded third baseman David Bell to San Francisco yesterday for infielder Desi Relaford and cash.

Relaford, a former Sandalwood High School standout who has played six years in the majors and was originally drafted by Seattle, hit .302 with 27 doubles, eight homers and 36 RBI in 120 games for the Mets last season.

Bell hit .260 last year with 122 hits, 15 home runs and 64 RBI.

AROUND THE MAJORS -- Infielder Russ Johnson avoided arbitration, signing a two-year, $1.35 million contract with the Devil Rays. . . . Free agent outfielder Matt Stairs and the Brewers agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract. . . . Outfielder Armando Rios, who played only two games with Pittsburgh last season before badly injuring his left knee, agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract. . . . Utilityman Shane Halter signed a two-year contract with the Tigers. . . . Juan Gonzalez passed his physical without any problems, but his two-year, $24 million contract with the Rangers still hasn't been finalized.

-- COLLEGE FOOTBALL

AROUND THE NATION -- Kentucky assistant football coach Rick Smith resigned to accept a job as defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. . . . Clark Atlanta, seeking new leadership for a team that went 1-10 last year, has hired former Alachua Santa Fe High School and Georgia Southern star Tracy Ham as its head coach. . . . The Miami Hurricanes soaked up adulation from thousands of fans yesterday during a downtown ticker-tape parade in celebration of the team's national championship. The Hurricanes won their fifth national title Jan. 3 by beating Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl. . . . Three Colorado football players have been suspended and will be required to do extra course work elsewhere before they can return to the university this summer. Coach Gary Barnett said linebacker Chad Gardner and linemen Matt McChesney and Sam Wilder have been disciplined. Barnett did not give details.

-- BOXING

WBC WOULD SANCTION LEWIS-TYSON BOUT -- The Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson fight has the blessing of the World Boxing Council even if it isn't sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. …

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