MIAMI BEACH & — MIAMI BEACH -- The Kansas City Royals today signed free agent Wally Joyner to a one-year contract worth approximately $4 million, giving the Orioles another potential suitor for Randy Milligan. That would be Joyner's former team, the California Angels.
The Orioles met with disappointment yesterday in their initial efforts to trade Milligan to either Montreal or Los Angeles. The Angels have Lee Stevens to replace Joyner, but general manager Whitey Herzog might seek a more established player.
It still would be a difficult match, for the Angels yesterday traded lefthander Kyle Abbott and outfielder Ruben Amaro to Philadelphia for outfielder Von Hayes. Abbott surely would have been coveted by the Orioles.