Mora deal now appears imminent

May 18, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A process that started in December appears to be finally nearing an end as the Orioles have all but finalized a three-year contract extension with an option for a fourth season with third baseman Melvin Mora.

The deal, according to sources close to the negotiations, is likely for $24 million over three years with a $1 million buyout for the fourth option year. Mora will also likely get no-trade protection for the three years on his deal, according to sources.

An official announcement by the club won't come until Mora passes a physical, which could happen before the weekend.

The Orioles and Mora's agent, Lon Babby, exchanged several contract proposals and have resolved the main differences during the past couple of weeks. Both sides have experienced frustration in the process.

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