Angels give Olson 'significant' offer

January 10, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Gregg Olson has received a "significant proposal" from the California Angels, but it apparently contains little if any guarantees and won't interfere with the free-agent reliever's continued negotiations with the Orioles.

HTC Jeff Moorad, the agent who represents Olson, met with the Angels on Friday, but the reliever did not participate in the talks.

"We had a discussion of how Gregg might fit into the Angels' plans for the future," said Moorad, "and the result was what I would consider a significant multi-year proposal."

Asked how much, if any, of the contract was guaranteed, Moorad said: "No comment, but I think it [the proposal] is an indication of Gregg's options at this stage." He also said he expected further discussions with the Orioles this week.

"I talked to Roland [general manager Roland Hemond] Friday, and we agreed to talk again this week," said Moorad. He indicated there was no sense of urgency, but felt Olson could be in a position to make a decision "within 10 days," although there is no set timetable.

"We haven't discussed specifics with the Orioles in 2 1/2 weeks," said Moorad, "but have agreed to stay in touch during the process. We have maintained a desire to keep Gregg in an Orioles uniform."

While the Olson negotiations resume, the Orioles are also expected to decide whether to make a formal offer for Chris Sabo this week. The free-agent third baseman told a Cincinnati source said during the weekend that he hadn't had contact with his agent, Jim Bronner, in three or four days and didn't expect to know anything "until the middle of next week."

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