Angels to sign Bo Jackson if he passes physical today

January 31, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

ANAHEIM, CALIF — ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The California Angels announced a contract agreement yesterday with Bo Jackson.

The American League's Comeback Player of the Year in 1993 will have his artificial hip examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum this morning and later attend an Anaheim Stadium news conference.

Jackson, providing he passes the physical, will receive a major-league contract for $1 million, with incentives that can take it to about $2 million. He will receive about $475,000 if he is released before Opening Day, but his attorney, Arn Tellum, said: "From all our discussions [with the Angels], he'll be on the team."

Jackson was paid $2.41 million in salary and bonuses by the Chicago White Sox when he returned from almost two years of inactivity stemming from a January 1991 hip injury and subsequent surgery to hit .232 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs in 85 games.

He was 0-for-10 with six strikeouts in the American League Championship Series and left the White Sox as a free agent when he rejected their offer of arbitration.

Angels general manager Bill Bavasi said Jackson's acquisition provides competition for left fielder Eduardo Perez and insurance if Perez is not 100 percent healthy after elbow surgery. Chili Davis is expected to start at designated hitter.

Bavasi is still believed to have interest in free-agent outfielders Dwight Smith, Lonnie Smith or Ivan Calderon.

Jackson played four seasons of pro football in Southern California, making the Pro Bowl in 1990 as a Los Angeles Raider. The hip injury forced him to retire from the sport.

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