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Maddux, Rodriguez won't return

Greg Maddux left Atlanta, Ivan Rodriguez said goodbye to Florida, and the New York Mets got ready to welcome Japanese shortstop Kazuo Matsui last night on a busy night in baseball.

Montreal cut ties with Vladimir Guerrero, and Texas said so long to first baseman Rafael Palmeiro and outfielder Juan Gonzalez. Atlanta also didn't offer arbitration to Gary Sheffield, meaning the Braves won't get draft picks if the outfielder finalizes his deal with the Yankees.

Others not offered arbitration were Chicago Cubs outfielder Kenny Lofton, Braves catcher Javy Lopez, Anaheim first baseman Scott Spiezio, and Arizona second baseman Miguel Batista.

Philadelphia offered arbitration to Kevin Millwood, extending their negotiating period with the righthander for another month. The Chicago White Sox offered arbitration to righthander Bartolo Colon and Oakland made the offer to 2002 AL MVP Miguel Tejada.

Fourteen of the players who faced the midnight deadline agreed to re-sign, including Minnesota outfielder Shannon Stewart, who got an $18 million, three-year contract from the Twins, and Seattle reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa, who got a $6.3 million, two-year deal.

Lefthanders Andy Pettitte and David Wells were offered arbitration by the Yankees, who re-signed outfielder Rueben Sierra to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Guardado extended

The Twins offered closer Eddie Guardado salary arbitration, extending their period to negotiate with him through Jan. 8 ... The San Francisco Giants agreed to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with outfielder Michael Tucker, who hit .262 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 104 games for Kansas City... The Chicago Cubs agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and a $650,000, one-year deal with outfielder Tom Goodwin ... St. Louis brought back two of its relievers, agreeing to a $1.7 million, one-year contract with lefthander Steve Kline and a $900,000, one-year deal with righthander Cal Eldred... More signings: San Francisco first baseman J.T. Snow ($1.75 million), Los Angeles third baseman Robin Ventura ($1.2 million), Florida righthander Chad Fox ($1.2 million), Kansas City righthander Jason Grimsley ($1 million), Philadelphia catcher Todd Pratt ($875,000), and Milwaukee righthander Dave Burba (minor league contract).

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