Ripken would welcome contract extension talks

February 14, 1991|By Kent Baker

The attorney for Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken said he would be receptive to talks on a contract extension for Ripken, "but that would be something on which we'd hope the club would come to us."

Ripken was the Orioles' highest-paid player until Tuesday, when newly acquired first baseman Glenn Davis signed a one-year contract for $3.275 million. Ripken is entering the final season of a three-year contract he signed in 1988 and will be paid $2.3 million for 1991.

And, said Orioles general manager Roland Hemond, the club has an option for the next season "that has already been exercised, so in effect, [Ripken] is signed through 1992."

Ron Shapiro, Ripken's representative, said yesterday that "Cal's bottom line is always with how the team fares, not with contracts."

That was Ripken's response last month when Davis was obtained in a trade with the Houston Astros. "I have no ego in that regard," said Ripken on the subject of money. "It doesn't matter to me one way or the other."

With Ripken in hand for two more years, the Orioles have not discussed a new deal with their shortstop or Shapiro, who said, "We don't renegotiate a deal that has already been made."

The Orioles' final arbitration hearing, with pitcher Jeff Robinson, has been scheduled for Wednesday, but Hemond would not discuss the status of their negotiations to avert it.

"We continue to negotiate with all of our unsigned players," he said.

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