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Report: Rangers look at Clemens

The Texas Rangers have talked to the Boston Red Sox about a trade involving Roger Clemens and American League home-run champion Juan Gonzalez, the Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

Rangers managing general partner George W. Bush confirmed that the Rangers have contacted Boston about Clemens, but Bush did not say who would be traded away if such a deal were made.

The Red Sox, who finished last for the first time since 1932, denied that any trade was being discussed.

"It's a lot of baloney," Boston spokesman Dick Bresciani said. "It's ridiculous. Roger Clemens isn't involved in any trade talks."

Clemens, 30, was 18-11 with a 2.41 earned-run average this season, becoming the first player to lead the AL in ERA for three straight seasons since Lefty Grove.

Clemens, who just completed the first season of a four-year contract worth $21.5-million, attended the University of Texas and lives in Katy, Texas.

After obtaining Jose Canseco from the Oakland Athletics Aug.

31 for outfielder Ruben Sierra and pitchers Bobby Witt and Jeff Russell, the Rangers are looking for pitching. They move into a new stadium in 1994 and expect increased revenues, which might make it easier to afford Clemens. But Gonzalez had 43 home runs at age 22 _ the youngest player ever to hit that many.

Griffey Sr., Dallas Green

consider managing Reds

SEATTLE _ Former Reds star Ken Griffey Sr., minor-league hitting instructor for the Seattle Mariners, said he wants to talk to Cincinnati about its managerial vacancy.

Brian Goldberg, Griffey's agent, said Friday night that Woody Woodward, Mariners vice president of baseball operations, had given permission for Griffey to discuss succeeding Lou Piniella.

Piniella resigned Monday, and Reds general manager Bob Quinn was dismissed Thursday.

Former Phillies, Cubs and Yankees manager Dallas Green indicated that is not interested in the Cincinnati general manager's job but would consider managing the team.

"At this stage of my life and my career, anyone who wants to make use of my services would probably want me as a manager," Green said. "As I see baseball going, the changes are coming fast and furious. It would probably be better going to a younger guy for a general manager, as long as there are good baseball people surrounding him."

Green, a scout for the New York Mets, said a managing job also would give him sufficient time to run his two farms near West Grove, Pa. A general manager works year-round.

Jim Bowden, 31, the Reds' director of player development, is the leading candidate to replace Quinn.

"There's no hurry to get anything done yet," Bowden said.

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