Daal, Segui file for free agency

O's pitcher, first baseman won't be re-signed by team

Baseball

October 30, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Two of the Orioles' five potential free agents, left-handed pitcher Omar Daal and first baseman David Segui, took their next steps toward leaving the organization by filing yesterday.

Team officials said the Orioles won't attempt to re-sign either player, and it's possible that Segui will retire after having another surgery on his left knee.

Daal signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract in January 2003, but he appeared in only 19 games because of injuries, going 4-11 with a 6.34 ERA. He missed all of 2004 after having surgery on his left shoulder.

Segui was given a four-year, $28 million deal in December 2000, but injuries limited him to 193 games. He batted .339 with one homer and seven RBIs in 18 games this past season.

The contract of outfielder Marty Cordova also expired after the season, ending his injury-filled career with the Orioles. He didn't play this year after having ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow, and appeared in only nine games in 2003.

The Orioles aren't expected to pick up reliever Buddy Groom's $3 million option for next season - they have until the end of November to decide - but they might attempt to re-sign him at a reduced rate. "That really hasn't been determined yet," said Ed Kenney, director of baseball administration.

The Orioles retain interest in free-agent outfielder B.J. Surhoff, who has settled for minor league deals the past two years.

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