- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2000

The Baltimore Orioles continued their free agent signings yesterday by reaching agreement on a two-year contract that returned shortstop Mike Bordick to the club.

The Orioles also were waiting to finalize a four-year deal for about $28 million with another former Oriole, first baseman-outfielder David Segui, pending the results of his medical examination.

Bordick was traded last July to the New York Mets for shortstop-outfielder Melvin Mora, pitchers Leslie Brea and Pat Gorman, and infielder Mike Kinkade. He is coming off a career offensive season in which he batted .285 with 20 home runs and 80 RBI.

The Bordick deal, believed to be worth $9.5 million, came one day after the Orioles announced a two-year pact with former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen. Syd Thrift, the club's vice president of baseball operations, said the moves make the Orioles a better team.

"We have made significant strides in improving our ballclub," he said. "We've added some winning veterans, good team players who are also very community-oriented. We believe they give us an opportunity to field a competitive ballclub."

Bordick, 35, began his career with the Oakland Athletics and over 11 seasons, has a career batting average of .262 with 71 home runs, 506 RBI and 77 stolen bases.

"Trading Mike Bordick last July was extremely difficult, because we all know what a productive player, quality person and hard worker he is," Thrift said. "His signing provides us with a proven shortstop and another veteran to make a positive impact on our younger players."

Segui, 34, came up in the Orioles organization and played in Baltimore from 1990 through 1993 before being traded to the Mets at the start of the 1994 season. Since then, Segui has had two separate stints with the Mets, Montreal, and Seattle, plus a brief stay in Toronto and last year with Texas and Cleveland. He batted 334 with 19 home runs and 103 RBI in 2000.

A deal with Segui would allow the Orioles to move Chris Richard, the rookie first baseman they obtained last year in a trade with St. Louis, to right field. He would replace Albert Belle, whose hip problems are expected to relegate him to designated hitter.

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