Eddie Murray remains a former Oriole.

Murray and right-handed pitcher Dennis Martinez, another ex-Oriole, signed yesterday with the Cleveland Indians. The veteran first baseman agreed to a one-year contract for $3 million, with an option for a second year at the same figure. Martinez received $9 million for two years, with an option for a third year for $4.25 million.

Peter Angelos, the Orioles' new owner, had said he would like to see Murray return to Baltimore. He expressed some disappointment at yesterday's news, but said it would have no effect on the Orioles' negotiations with other free agents, including first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.

"I would've liked to have seen Eddie hit in Camden Yards," Angelos said. "I'll get that chance, but I wish him luck against everybody but us.

"I'm glad he made a deal he's comfortable with. . . . But what's happening with other players has no bearing on our plans," Angelos said without elaborating. "I think you'll find out we'll be able to fulfill the commitments we've made, as long as everything stays within reason."

The Orioles, while still in the market for another pitcher, had expressed only minimal interest in Martinez, 39. Their discussionsabout Murray, who will be 38 in February, never progressed beyond the preliminary stage.

From the outset, however, it appeared the Orioles didn't want to sign Murray at the expense of Harold Baines, who was re-signed yesterday. "Harold deserved every consideration," said Orioles general manager Roland Hemond. "He did everything we expected of him."

Ron Shapiro, the Baltimore-based attorney who represents Murray and Martinez, acknowledged his talks with the Orioles never got serious.

"The Orioles are endeavoring to build their club, and Eddie was one of a number of their possibilities," Shapiro said last night. "In the case of the Indians, Eddie was the only position player they were interested in, so it made sense to do a deal.

"There was some sentiment for seeing Eddie finish his career in Baltimore. But there was also some need to meet Cleveland's deadline. If they couldn't sign Eddie, they were going to trade for another hitter, so we took what appeared to be the best option."

A fairly active market drove up the price for Martinez. The Indians, who lost bids to sign free-agent pitchers Sid Fernandez (to the Orioles) and Mark Portugal (to the San Francisco Giants), outbid the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

Martinez made $2.5 million with the Montreal Expos last season, and Murray earned $2.75 million with the New York Mets.

"I think this is a tribute to where our club is at, that we can offer contracts to Dennis Martinez and Eddie Murray and have them accept," said Indians general manager John Hart.

Martinez was 15-9 with a 3.85 ERA last season. He is 208-165 in 16 seasons and one of only seven to win 100 games in each league.

"People say when you get to your late 30s, you have to be concerned," Martinez said. "I think I feel better every year because I prepare myself and challenge myself to do better."

He will be the No. 1 or 2 starter on a Cleveland pitching staff that was ripped apart by tragedy and injuries last season. Relievers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident last spring, and Cliff Young died in a car accident after the season. Charles Nagy, their No. 1 starter, missed most of the year because of arm problems.

Manager Mike Hargrove said Murray, who hit .285 with 27 homers and 100 RBIs last season, primarily would be the designated hitter and would bat fifth, behind Albert Belle.

He was not sorry to leave the Mets. Asked why he chose Cleveland, he said: "Any club would have done. I do look for a calmer locker room this year."

The organization has a Baltimore flavor, having been built by Hart and his predecessor, Hank Peters, both former Orioles executives.

"I see a lot of people here who used to work for the Orioles," Martinez said. "Being with Eddie again would be a dream. We started in the minor leagues in 1974."

The Associated Press contributed to this article