Yankees Get Canseco From Tampa Bay

Monday, August 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees acquired Jose Canseco on Monday, claiming him off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and adding another strong bat to their lineup.

The 36-year-old slugger is hitting .257 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 61 games this season. He missed 46 games with a strained left heel.

Canseco has 440 homers — more than any player acquired by the Yankees — and is 24th on the career home run list. A favorite of owner George Steinbrenner, he will be used mostly as a designated hitter.

The Yankees will be responsible for the remainder of Canseco's $3 million contract this season, which will be about $1 million. He is eligible for free agency after this season.