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Notebook: Rangers agree to deal Gonzalez

| Wednesday, June 25, 2003

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Juan Gonzalez was not in the Texas Rangers' lineup Tuesday night, and manager Buck Showalter confirmed the team reached an agreement with an unidentified team to trade the two-time AL MVP.

The Rangers wouldn't identify the team they are dealing with, or what they would get in return, because Gonzalez has a no-trade clause in his contract. The outfielder has 72 hours to accept or turn down the trade.

Showalter confirmed the trade during his regular gathering with reporters before last night's game against Oakland. General manager John Hart didn't immediately return phone messages.

Gonzalez is in the second year of his $24 million, two-year deal he signed to return to Texas before the 2002 season. The Rangers would likely pay most of Gonzalez's remaining salary.

Gonzalez is hitting .286 with 18 homers and 50 RBI.

GUTIERREZ BACK WITH INDIANS

Ricky Gutierrez completed his comeback from offseason surgery when the Cleveland Indians activated the infielder from the 60-day disabled list.

Gutierrez had been sidelined all season after neck and back surgery last October.

Doctors fused two vertebrae Gutierrez's neck to relieve pressure on his spinal cord.

To make room for Gutierrez, the Indians optioned infielder Jhonny Peralta to Class AAA Buffalo.

Gutierrez had hoped to be ready for opening day and was making good progress during spring training. But because of his long layoff following surgery, Gutierrez was not in shape and the Indians decided to have him start the season in extended spring training in Florida.

He reported to Buffalo for a rehab assignment on June 5 and batted .292 with five RBI in 16 games.

FORMER NEGRO LEAGUES STAR MAX MANNING DEAD AT 84

Former Negro Leagues pitcher Max Manning, who was once offered a major league tryout only to have it rescinded because of his race, died at 84.

He died Monday at Linwood Convalescent Center after a long illness.

A 6-foot-4-inch right-hander with a sidearm delivery, Manning was a high school standout went on to play for the Johnson Stars in nearby Atlantic City.

In 1937, he was contacted by the Detroit Tigers about a tryout, but the offer was withdrawn when the team found out he was black, according to "The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues."

Manning, sometimes called "Dr. Cyclops" because of the thick eyeglasses he wore, signed with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1938. His 10-year career with the Eagles was interrupted by service in World War II.

In 1946, Manning pitched the final game in the Negro League World Series as Newark defeated the Kansas City Monarchs, 3-2.

He also barnstormed with Satchel Paige's All-Stars in the late 1940s and played in leagues in Mexico and Canada before retiring from baseball. He then returned to school, graduated from Glassboro State College and spent 28 years as a sixth-grade teacher in Pleasantville.

"I want him remembered as someone who had strength of character, not only in baseball but also in what he taught in the classroom and what he brought to the community," said daughter Belinda Manning.

Manning is also survived by daughter Joan Young and son Max Manning Jr.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete yesterday.

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