Williamson agrees to 1-year contract

January 13, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

The Orioles reached agreement with Mark Williamson yesterday on a contract for this season.

The veteran reliever, who appeared in only 12 games last season because of elbow problems that required arthroscopic surgery, signed a one-year contract for $350,000 plus incentives.

Williamson, who earned $900,000 last year, was not offered a contract last month and had become a free agent.

"There was some interest from three West Coast clubs," said his agent, Ted Updike, "but Mark let it be known from the start that his preference was to stay in Baltimore. The lines of communication were always open."

In the three seasons before last year, Williamson appeared in 179 games for the Orioles, compiling a 23-12 record and 14 saves.

Hammonds, Reynolds in town

Jeffrey Hammonds, last year's No. 1 draft pick, will join newcomer Harold Reynolds as the Orioles start their Reading All-Stars program tomorrow at William Pinderhughes Elementary School.

Hammonds, who has been invited to spring training as a non-roster player, also is expected to join the team's off-season workout program.

Caravan set

The Orioles have announced they will make nine stops in five states plus Washington, D.C., during this year's Winter Caravan promotional tour.

The first stop is in Washington on Jan. 21. Besides Maryland, the Caravan will visit North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

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