Anderson signs for 1 year, $165,000


Outfielder Brady Anderson, whose 1990 season was hampered by injuries, signed a $165,000, one-year contract yesterday with the Baltimore Orioles.

Anderson, 27, is expected to receive considerably more playing time this season with the trade of outfielder Steve Finley to the Houston Astros and the question about how many games Dwight Evans will be able to play in the outfield.

"I'm happy with the contract," he said from his California home, "but I really don't worry about that kind of stuff. I just play."

A sore left shoulder early last season prevented Anderson from playing defense until April 29. He also sprained an ankle in batting practice and was on the disabled list from June 8-July 20. He spent a portion of that period on rehabilitation assignment with the Class A Frederick Keys and Class AA Hagerstown Suns.

He also struggled in his final 50 games, batting .174 to finish the season at .231 with three homers, 21 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The most significant of his offensive statistics was 13 consecutive steals, the most by an Oriole since Al Bumbry stole 15 straight in 1979-80.

Anderson can play all three outfield positions and figures to get a shot at starting in left field. This figures to be a key year for the highly touted Anderson, who was acquired in 1988 in the Mike Boddicker trade with the Boston Red Sox but has yet to live up to his minor-league reviews.

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