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O's make Jackson an offer

The Orioles have extended a multi-year contract offer to free-agent left-hander Danny Jackson and are awaiting response from his agent, Baltimore-based attorney Ron Shapiro, according sources.

The Orioles have zeroed in on the 12-year veteran, who pitched most recently for the Philadelphia Phillies, as the No. 1 choice on the market and are hopeful of having him sign this week, sources said.

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"I can't comment on that," said Orioles general manager Roland Hemond.

Jackson, who turns 33 next month, went 14-6 with a 3.26 ERA for the Phillies in 1994. In two years in Philadelphia, Jackson compiled a 26-17 record and distanced himself from a long history of injuries.

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Should he accept the Orioles' offer, Jackson would suit up for a sixth different team. He also has pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He worked 201 1/3 innings in 1992, 210 1/3 in 1993 and 179 1/3 in the strike-shortened 1994 season. From 1989 to 1991, Jackson never totaled as many as 120 innings in a season and was slowed by arm and leg injuries.

The Orioles made the offer to Jackson after giving him a physical examination. Specifics of the offer are not known, but it is a better offer than the one the Colorado Rockies extended to him, according to a National League club official.

The Rockies offered a two-year contract with an option for a third. The Phillies would like to retain Jackson, but have not made an offer longer than one year.

Jackson went 23-8 with Cincinnati in 1988. He has a 107-109 career mark and a 3.77 ERA. He fits the profile the Orioles are seeking. He ranked in the top 10 in the National League in ground ball/fly out ratio and double plays made behind him.



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