Flanagan, Orioles finally get around to contract

April 03, 1991|By Jim Henneman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mike Flanagan's addition to the roster yesterday was expected -- but hardly routine.

Because the lefthander had come to camp without a prearranged agreement, the two sides had to agree on a contract. "A lot of room was left for negotiation," said Flanagan, whose bargaining position was increased significantly by his spring training performance.

The Orioles couldn't afford to wait any longer because, without a contract to file with the league office, Flanagan was free to negotiate with any other team, many of whom would have signed him after getting a spring scouting report.

It wasn't until almost midnight Monday that Bob Teaf, who represents Flanagan, worked out final details of the contract with general manager Roland Hemond. Flanagan signed the actual contract early yesterday morning. He is guaranteed a $250,000 salary, plus incentives based on a point system for starts and relief appearances that could possibly double that figure.

Flanagan pitched three innings, allowing one hit and a run, and was credited with the win as the Orioles beat Atlanta 10-5 yesterday.

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