Cleveland also agreed to a minor league contract with Dave Lee,
a right-hander who pitched in eight games for the Indians last
season after being acquired from Los Angeles. All three were
invited to spring training
Wohlers pitched only one inning during spring training before an
operation to have bone spurs removed from his elbow. He was on a
minor league rehab assignment in May when he tore the tendon graft
in his elbow from ligament replacement surgery he had in 1999.
Wohlers underwent another elbow reconstruction in August. Two weeks ago, the Indians declined Wohlers' $8 million option,
instead paying a $1 million buyout.
Bere signed as a free agent with Cleveland before last season. He began the season on the disabled list and made
just two starts before shoulder surgery in June.
Indians general manager Mark Shapiro wants to add a veteran
starter to his staff this winter. The club is hoping to re-sign
Brian Anderson, who pitched well in his return to Cleveland last
season but was traded to Kansas City on Aug. 25.
San Diego Padres: Former Padres general manager Randy Smith was
rehired by San Diego on Monday as director of professional and
international scouting, his third stint with the club.
``There are only a handful of individuals in baseball that have
Randy's experience, knowledge and reputation,'' said Kevin Towers,
who succeeded Smith as Padres GM in 1995. ``He has brought a great
deal of experience to our organization and has a proven record in
the area of scouting.''
Smith, 40, spent last season as a consultant to the Padres. He
had been general manager of the Detroit Tigers from 1995 until
being fired early in the 2002 season.
The Padres first hired Smith in 1984 as assistant scouting
director, and he was later promoted to scouting director. After
serving as assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, he
returned to the Padres as general manager on June 9, 1993. At the
time, Smith was the youngest GM in baseball history at 29.
Smith presided over the Padres' fire sale of 1993, when
ownership forced him to get rid of high-priced players such as Gary
Sheffield, Fred McGriff and Bruce Hurst.
In December 1994, he and his father Tal, president of the
Houston Astros, finalized a 12-player trade. Among the players who
moved from the Astros to the Padres were third baseman Ken Caminiti
and center fielder Steve Finley, who helped the Padres reach the
playoffs twice in three seasons, including the World Series in
Smith left the Padres following the 1995 season after getting
into a personality conflict with team president Larry Lucchino,
who's now with the Boston Red Sox.
The Padres also promoted Felix Francisco to coordinator of Latin
American scouting and hired Elanis Westbrooks as a professional