Padres sign Andersen to bolster relief


Moving to fill a void in their right-handed relief corps, the San Diego Padres yesterday signed free-agent pitcher Larry Andersen to a two-year contract.

The deal includes a club option for the 1993 season. Terms were not released but the two sides had discussed a yearly salary of about $2 million. Last season, Andersen made $1.065 million.

Andersen, 37, spent most of the 1990 season with Houston, where he was 5-2 with six saves and a 1.95 ERA in 50 relief appearances. The nine-year veteran was traded to the Boston Red Sox in August and appeared in 15 games for the American League East champions, going 0-0 with 1 save and a 1.23 ERA.

* PIRATES: Outfielder Bobby Bonilla wants a five-year contract worth about $21 million from Pittsburgh, Bonilla's agent said.

Pirates president Carl Barger has said the club was trying to put together an offer for four years in the range of $16 to $18 million.

Bonilla has one more year before he is eligible for free agency and has repeatedly said if he and the Pirates can't agree on a long-term deal and he was forced into arbitration again this year, he would leave the club in 1992.

* FREE AGENTS: Pitchers Lance McCullers of the Detroit Tigers, John Cerutti of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jeff Musselman of the New York Mets and Pat Clements of San Diego were among 13 players who became free agents yesterday when their teams failed to offer them 1991 contracts.

The Oakland Athletics did not offer contracts to pitchers Jim Corsi and Dave Otto and outfielder Steve Howard, and Pittsburgh did not offer contracts to catcher Dann Bilardello, outfielder John Cangelosi and first baseman Scott Little.

Other free agents were pitchers Tom Edens of the Milwaukee Brewers, Terry Wells of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gary Eaves of the San Francisco Giants.

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