Originally created 12/23/99

Yanks deal righty Irabu to Montreal

Hideki Irabu was traded from the New York Yankees to the Montreal Expos on Wednesday for three prospects.

Irabu, 30, had grown unhappy during his 2 1/2 seasons with the Yankees and appeared in just one postseason game in the last two years. He allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in Game 3 of this year's AL championship series against Boston.

In exchange, the Yanks got right-hander Jake Westbrook and two players to be named.

Irabu was 11-7 with a 4.84 ERA in 27 starts and five relief appearances last season.


Free agent right-hander Ricky Bones signed a minor-league contract with Florida.

Bones, 30, was 0-3 with a 5.98 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings with the Baltimore Orioles last season. Bones, 30, who has been cut by Cincinnati, Minnesota and Baltimore in the last three years, is pitching for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in eight starts over 43 1/3 innings.


Outfielder Thomas Howard returned to St. Louis, agreeing to a $650,000, one-year contract. Howard hit .292 with six homers and 28 RBI in 195 at-bats last season.


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