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Brown could have deal Saturday
Posted: Friday December 11, 1998 10:09 PM
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- The bidding for Kevin Brown is nearing the final stages and the pitcher could agree to a contract as soon as Saturday, according to his agent.
"We're getting down to the final hours here," agent Scott Boras said Friday night as the winter meetings opened. "The right positioning by the right club could make the final decision."
Brown, 18-7 with a 2.38 ERA for San Diego this year, has been courted by Anaheim, Baltimore, Colorado, Los Angeles and St. Louis in addition to the Padres. He wants a deal at least six years long and may command a $12 million average salary or higher. Boras said he could even wind up with a seven-year contract.
"That's very likely," he said. "In the wee hours, you never know."
Brown is the last remaining premium free agent on the market. Boras originally said he hoped to complete a deal during the winter meetings, which conclude Tuesday. It appears the timetable has moved up.
"I think it's going to happen, certainly, maybe as soon as the next day," Boras said. "We're at the point where we're getting to third and fourth meetings and understanding both what Kevin wants and what teams want to do."
Brown, a 33-year-old right-hander, struck out 257 in 257 innings and walked just 49 last season. helping the Padres advance to the World Series for the first time since 1984. San Diego obtained him from Florida as part of the Marlins' payroll purge following the 1997 World Series.
"Everyone knows the value of a No. 1 pitcher," Boras said. "The premium is Kevin Brown has taken a good club and put it in the World Series."
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