The New York Yankees refused to offer more than a two-year contract to Claudell Washington. So the free-agent outfielder opted to go elsewhere.

Washington, whose agent said didn't want to leave the Yankees, signed a three-year contract with the Calfornia Angels Tuesday."I'm a jack of all trades. I'll be ready to play wherever I'm positioned," Washington said in a conference call Tuesday.

Washington, 34, will receive $2.625 million during the life of the contract. He will get a $300,000 signing bonus, $875,000 this year, $575,000 in 1990 and $875,000 in 1991.