Baltimore Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson agreed to terms on a new contract yesterday, signing for a $180,000 raise and avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.
Anderson, who earned $165,000 in 1991, was the first of six Orioles eligible for arbitration who has come to terms with the club. He had filed a $390,000 salary demand in anticipation of a February hearing. The club had countered with $300,000. It took just a couple of days for both sides to agree to split the difference at $345,000.
The Orioles have a history of settling their arbitration cases out of court, but the gap between their bid and Anderson's asking price was relatively small. The salary figures in center fielder Mike Devereaux's case also seem too close for confrontation -- the club is offering $875,000, Devereaux is asking for $200,000 more -- but compromise might be harder to come by in the club's other four potential arbitration cases.