Jordan: Deferred money kept me from O's

Braves, C. Jones romp, 9-1, as Erickson again pounded

April 03, 1999|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

ATLANTA -- Before there was Albert Belle there almost was Brian Jordan. The Orioles last night came face-to-face with the Atlanta Braves' right fielder for the first time since he spurned their four-year, $30 million offer as a free agent last November.

Jordan, a longtime Atlanta resident, insisted he gave the Orioles serious consideration before signing with the Braves. So what did the decision come down to? Climate? Remaining in the National League? Keeping a Country Club of the South golf membership?

"It was really a matter of deferred money without interest," said Jordan, a Baltimore native whose parents still live in the city. "That was a big thing. I'm an investment guy. I understand interest. I'm into stock and bonds. That's a lot of money. If there had been no deferred money I might be [in Baltimore]."

The Orioles wanted Jordan to defer about $1 million per season without interest. The Braves matched the $30 million bid but without deferred money.

Erickson struggles

The Orioles (13-11-2) suffered their most lopsided loss of spring last night when the Braves pounded them, 9-1. For the second time in his last three starts, Scott Erickson endured a rough outing. The Braves reached him for six earned runs and five hits in four innings.

Erickson, winless this spring with an 8.64 ERA, issued four walks against two strikeouts and surrendered a two-run homer to third baseman Chipper Jones.

"Two of his last three haven't been that sharp, but he's going to give you four good ones every time out once the season starts," said Miller. "I don't worry about Scotty."

Playing before a Turner Field crowd of 32,454, Will Clark had three of the Orioles' six hits and raised his average to .400.

Nonroster right-hander Dave Evans was the only one of four Orioles pitchers to escape unblemished. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, dropping his spring ERA to 1.29.

Pub Date: 4/03/99

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