MARLINS DUMP ANOTHER SALARY: Dennis Cook, like many others who helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series, won't be getting his ring in Miami.

"They're liable to spend as much on the UPS delivery as they would if they wound up keeping everybody," Cook joked after Florida traded him to the New York Mets on Thursday for a pair of minor leaguers.Cook, 35, was 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 59 relief appearances last season, striking out 63 in 621/3 innings. Then in the postseason, he went 2-0 with 10 strikeouts in nine shutout innings, holding batters to a .037 average.

Cook will get $850,000 next season, bringing Florida's payroll cuts to nearly $20 million.

In exchange for Cook, the Marlins get outfielder Fletcher Bates and left-hander Scott Comer. Bates, 23, hit .300 for St. Lucie of the Class-A Florida State League with 19 doubles, 11 triples, 11 homers and 38 RBIs, then hit .257 at Double-A Binghamton with 14 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 34 RBIs.

BREWERS SIGN PITCHER: Scott Karl, who tied a Brewers record with eight consecutive victories last summer, agreed Thursday on a three-year contract with Milwaukee.

Karl, a 26-year-old left-hander, overcame a slow start to go 10-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 32 games. He was 8-3 after the All-Star game, winning eight straight decisions from July 15 to Aug. 29.

MONDESI WANTS BIG $$$: Pedro Martinez has upped the ante. Now Raul Mondesi wants $60 million.

The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder wants a $10 million-a-year deal for six season, according to Thursday's editions of Hoy, a Dominican newspaper.

Mondesi, who became the first Dodgers player to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season, had said earlier this year he was hoping for a $45 million, five-year contract. Martinez's $75 million, six-year contract with Boston altered his thinking.

TWINS ACQUIRE FIRST BASEMAN: The Atlanta Braves announced Thursday that they sent first baseman Steve Hacker to the Minnesota Twins as the player-to-be-named-later in the Sept. 5 trade in which the Braves acquired catcher Greg Myers.

Hacker, 23, hit .324 for Class A Macon last season with 33 home runs and 119 RBI in 117 games.

RANGERS RE-SIGN CEDENO: The Texas Rangers are bringing back infielder Domingo Cedeno.

Cedeno and the Rangers agreed to a $500,000, one-year deal on Thursday, up from his $285,000 salary last season.

SOX SEND ARMAS TO EXPOS: Tony Armas Jr. was traded from Boston to Montreal on Thursday, completing the Nov. 18 deal that sent Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox for pitcher Carl Pavano.

Armas, 19, was acquired by Boston from the New York Yankees on Aug. 13 for catcher Mike Stanley and infielder Randy Brown. He was 5-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts in the minor leagues last season, finishing at Sarasota of the Class-A Florida State League.