Orioles sign McDonald to 1-year contract

January 05, 1993|By Jim Henneman

Ben McDonald had a much easier time in his latest round of negotiations with the Orioles than he did in his first. And this time around, he got more money for one year than he did before for three.

The club announced yesterday that it has signed the big right-hander to a one-year contract worth $1.225 million, plus incentives.

When they drafted McDonald in 1989, it took the Orioles almost three months to sign the No. 1 pick in the draft. That was a three-year deal, including a signing bonus, that was worth close to $1 million.

Last year, when he went 13-13 with a 4.24 ERA and wasn't eligible for arbitration, McDonald made $355,000. McDonald's career record is 28-26 (4.02 ERA).

The signing of McDonald leaves the Orioles with three key potential arbitration cases. Outfielders Mike Devereaux and Brady Anderson and relief pitcher Todd Frohwirth are eligible to file during the period that begins today and ends a week from Friday.

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