Lee Smith Agrees To Deal With Angels

Posted: December 14, 1994

Free-agent reliever Lee Smith, baseball's career saves leader, agreed with the California Angels yesterday on a two-year, $4 million contract.

Smith will receive an $800,000 signing bonus, $1.5 million in 1995 and $1.7 million in 1996. He can earn an additional $500,000 per season in performance bonuses.

The Angels said the only factor remaining before Smith signs was a pre- contract physical exam.

Smith, 37, led the majors with 33 saves for Baltimore in the strike- shortened 1994 season. He had a 3.29 ERA, a 1-4 record and 42 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.

In 14 big-league seasons, Smith has a 68-82 record, a 2.93 ERA and 434 saves in 520 opportunities. He has 30 or more saves in each of the last five seasons. The Angels will be his fifth team in the last six seasons.

*

The Montreal Expos signed manager Felipe Alou to a contract extension that will take him through the 1997 season.

Alou, 59, had signed a deal earlier this year that called for him to manage next season and then stay on for two years of personal services - probably in a scouting or player development role.

The extension has him managing for three more years before the personal- services clause takes effect for one year.

The Expos had the best record in the major leagues, 70-44, before the strike ended the season on Aug. 12.

The Texas Rangers, spending the money they freed up in the Jose Canseco trade, signed pitcher Kevin Gross and infielder-outfielder Mark McLemore to two-year contracts.

Gross, a former Phillie who was most recently with the Los Angeles Dodgers, signed a deal that will pay him a $400,000 signing bonus, $2.5 million in 1995 and $3.1 million in 1996.

Texas cleared about $2 million from its 1995 payroll by trading Canseco to the Boston Red Sox last week.

The Kansas City Royals signed pitcher Mark Gubicza to a one-year, $650,000 contract and said outfielder Felix Jose had elected to become a free agent rather than report to triple-A Omaha.

Gubicza, 32, who attended Penn Charter, is the only holdover from the

Royals' 1985 championship team. He was 7-9 last season with a 4.50 ERA.

HOCKEY

With the NHL season coming closer to cancellation, the league and the players have agreed to resume talks today or tomorrow.

The Canadian Press, citing unidentified sources, said it was not immediately clear where the newest round of negotiations would be held.

The news agency said the bargaining would be held on an informal, though official, basis and would not involve the full bargaining committees. The last time the sides met was in Chicago last week.

Word of the resumption comes one day after the the owners rejected the players' latest offer.

GOLF

John Daly, who has been out of action since a scuffle with a spectator 3 1/ 2 months ago, will return to the PGA tour in the 1995 season-opening Mercedes Championship.

Tour officials said Daly has committed to play in seven events in the first three months of the season, starting with the Mercedes tournament Jan. 5-8.

Daly has not played since shooting an 83 in the final round of the World Series of Golf on Aug. 28.

Immediately following that round, he engaged in a shouting match, then a scuffle with Bob Roth, 62, the father of PGA club pro champion Jeff Roth.

TENNIS

Todd Martin and Jim Courier, both Davis Cup veterans, will represent the United States against France when the 1995 series begins Feb. 3 through 5 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

COLLEGES

Two Penn State players, guard Jeff Hartings and defensive back Tony Pittman, were named to the GTE academic all-America football team.

Washington and Jefferson is investigating reports that its football players taunted a black running back from Albion with racial slurs during Saturday's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Following a 38-15 victory over W&J in the NCAA Division III championship game in Salem, Va., Albion tailback Jeff Robinson told Detroit-area reporters of the comments.

BASKETBALL

Boston Celtics coach Chris Ford is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing 90 minutes of surgery to remove a polyp on his colon.

Ford, 45, probably will remain hospitalized for three to five days, a hospital spokesman said.

The Celtics said Ford probably would resume his duties in about three weeks. Assistant coach Don Casey will take over in his absence.

HORSE RACING

The Illinois Racing Board completed a deal with Chicago-area track owners that will keep Arlington International Race Course open while limiting racing days in Illinois.

Arlington owner Richard Duchossois had threatened to shutter his track in 1995, unless the state gave him a riverboat casino license. He complained that he couldn't compete against a riverboat that docks only 12 miles from his track.

The deal involves shuffling racing dates among the various tracks and would guarantee purses at Arlington.

AWARDS

Olympic champion speedskaters Bonnie Blair of the United States and Johann Olav Koss of Norway were named Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year.

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|