Womack receives huge raise after another stellar season
Posted: Sunday December 12, 1999 09:03 PM
Arizona's Tony Womack was caught stealing just 13 times in 85 attempts last season. Todd Warshaw/Allsport
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Tony Womack, the National League stolen base leader in his first three full major league seasons, agreed Sunday to a $17 million, four-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, The Associated Press learned.
Womack, 30, had shuttled between the majors and minors for six years before sticking for good with Pittsburgh in 1997. He had 60 steals that year, and followed it up with 58 and 72.
He hit .277 with four homers and 41 RBIs last season in his first year with the Diamondbacks, making the move from the infield to right field. Arizona plans to shift him again next season to shortstop.
Womack, who made $1.65 million, had been eligible for salary arbitration. There was no immediate announcement of the deal, but it was confirmed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition he not be identified.
Womack, who had seen much time at second base and shortstop before last season, scored 111 runs, third-most on the Diamondbacks. The leadoff man was the only player in the major leagues with 50 steals and 100 runs scored.
He was eligible for salary last winter as a "Super 2," one of the players with 2-to-3 years of major league service who regained arbitration eligibility in the 1990 lockout settlement. Under that deal, the top 17 percent of that group by service time became eligible.
Womack, an All-Star for Pittsburgh in 1997, was acquired by Arizona from the Pirates last February for minor league pitcher Jason Boyd.
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