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.


"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.


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.