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Vander Wal Gets $1.05M for Two Years

November 23, 1996

DENVER (AP) _ John Vander Wal, an infielder and outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, agreed Friday night to a $1.05 million, two-year contract.

Vander Wal, 30, hit .252 last season with five home runs and a career-best 31 RBIs last season. He appeared in 104 games, including 71 appearances as a pinch-hitter.

Vander Wal, who set the major-league record for pinch hits with 28 in 1995, hit one of the most memorable homers in Rockies’ history last May 18, a three-run shot off Dennis Eckersley to cap a five-run ninth inning rally in a 9-8 win over St. Louis at Coors Field.

He made $512,500 last season, and will get base salaries of $500,000 and $550,000 with the chance to make $140,000 per season in performance bonuses.

His signing leaves six Rockies eligible for salary arbitration: catcher Steve Decker, pitchers Mike Munoz,Steve Reed, Armando Reynoso and Kevin Kitz and second baseman Eric Young.

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