Anderson eyes 'last contract'

October 05, 1997|By Joe Strauss

After initially seeking a three-year deal, Orioles center fielder Brady Anderson says he is now pursuing what he describes as "the last contract I sign."

A pending free agent, Anderson, 33, was encouraged by a meeting with owner Peter Angelos last month. The market's second-most attractive outfielder behind Kenny Lofton, Anderson became even more optimistic after watching a recent TV interview in which Angelos reaffirmed his commitment to keep him in Baltimore. Anderson is seeking a deal that would average $6 million a season.

"With every other team, it's a financial situation; with the Orioles, it's about length of contract," Anderson said. "I want to stay here. I think everybody knows that. And they seem to want me to stay, so I feel good about it."

November's expansion draft has sapped much of the urgency from making a deal final. However, Anderson's agent, Jeff Borris, has contemplated ways to help the club skirt the issue, including a "poison pill" clause that would require another team to pay Anderson a far greater salary if it acquired him. The clause would allow the Orioles to risk excluding him from its 15-man protected list.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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