Harold Baines went home to the Chicago White Sox. Rick Aguilera returned to the Minnesota Twins, and Mickey Tettleton went back to the Texas Rangers.

The Cleveland Indians, meanwhile, continue to spend. They planned to announce today that they have agreed to a $15.35 million, five-year extension with shortstop Omar Vizquel.And Craig Biggio appears on the verge of deciding where he'll play next season. His agent, Barry Axelrod, said the second baseman was trying to decide whether to go back to Houston or sign with Colorado, St. Louis or San Diego.

"He's got the information in front of him," Axelrod said Monday. "Now it's a matter of deciding which one of those, based on all the facts, makes the most sense."

Aguilera, traded by Minnesota to Boston last July, got the big deal of the day, a $9 million, three-year contract with the Twins.

"My wife and I were talking, and she wasn't sure if it was kind of like a `Twilight Zone' thing," Aguilera said. "Did all of that really transpire in the last five months?"

He gets $3.5 million next season, $3 million in 1997 and $2.5 million in 1998. The Twins intend to switch him to the starting rotation.

"When the Twins showed serious interest, it wasn't really that important who the other teams were," Aguilera said.

Baines, who got a one-year deal, was with the White Sox from 1980 to 1989. Chicago already has retired his No. 3

"I'm coming back to a fun bunch of guys," said Baines, a 36-year-old designated hitter.

Mickey Tettleton went back to the Rangers, agreeing to a $5 million, two-year deal. Following the strike, he was forced to take a paycut to $550,000.

"This ballpark, my teammates, playing for (manager) Johnny Oates, it's a good atmosphere," he said. "Hopefully, we keep people healthy this year and I think we can win this division very easily."

Alejandro Pena, traded from Florida to Atlanta on Aug. 31, went back to the Marlins for $800,000. He agreed to a minor-league contract and will get a $750,000 major league contract when he's put on the roster. The Marlins will have a $750,000 option for 1997 with a $50,000 buyout.

"We're happy that Alejandro will be coming back," Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He did an outstanding job for us last season as a setup man for Robb Nen, and we look forward to him working in that same role for us in 1996."

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The New York Yankees finally announced their deal with second baseman Mariano Duncan, a two-year contract worth slightly less than $1.5 million.

"Mariano is an important addition to our club because he can play so many positions," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "His experience and versatility are what make him such a valuable player."

Vizquel's deal follows Cleveland's contracts last week with Manny Ramirez ($10.15 million for three years), Charles Nagy ($6.75 million for two), Julio Franco ($5 million for two), Eddie Murray ($2 million for one) and Alvaro Espinoza ($2 million for one).

Vizquel, signed for 1996 at $3.35 million, gets $3 million a year from 1997 through 2001. The Indians have a $3 million option for 2002 with a $350,000 buyout.

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