Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yankees Go for Mcdowell's $5.4 Million Payoff Pitch

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yankees Go for Mcdowell's $5.4 Million Payoff Pitch

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If baseball is tightening its belt, nobody told the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. Those clubs on Sunday committed themselves to spending almost $10 million to sign two players for 1995.

The Yankees avoided salary arbitration with pitcher Jack McDowell when they agreed to a $5.4 million, one-year contract.

The Cubs and outfielder Sammy Sosa avoided a similar plight by agreeing to a $4.3 million, one-year deal.

McDowell acquired from the Chicago White Sox during the strike, gets a raise of $100,000.

He is eligible for free agency after the season. If the strike hadn't occurred, he would have been eligible last fall.

McDowell was 10-9 with a 3.73 earned-run average in 25 starts last year. The 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner had lost in arbitration in 1992 and 1994 and won in 1993.

"It's not worth it to try to eke out every dollar you can," McDowell said.

Sosa, 26, led the Cubs with a .300 average last season, hitting 25 homers with 70 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases. He made $2.95 million.

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Cormier Impresses Red Sox: Boston manager Kevin Kennedy was so impressed with Rheal Cormier's performance Sunday that he's considering making the lefthander the No. 2 starter. The Red Sox obtained Cormier from the Cardinals earlier this month for third baseman Scott Cooper.

Aaron Sele will start on opening day in place of Roger Clemens, who is out at least a month because of a shoulder strain. Erik Hanson had been pegged to move up to No. 2, but he has pitched poorly this spring.

Cormier went three innings Sunday against Minnesota, allowing two hits and a walk and striking out two. The Red Sox won 7-6.

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Marlins Put Shortstop On DL: Florida placed shortstop Kurt Abbott on the 15-day disabled list. He will miss at least the first seven games of the season because of a pulled right hamstring. …

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