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January 7, 1987

SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle Mariners still are thinking about signing veteran designated hitter Dave Kingman, a free agent.

″The ball is in our court and we are trying to weigh the pros and cons and decide if we would be a better club with him or without him,″ Mariners General Manager Dick Balderson said.

Kingman’s agent, Jack Childers, reportedly is asking the Mariners $700,000 for a one-year contract.

Balderson acknowledged that Kingman’s asking price is high but added, ″That isn’t the No. 1 stumbling block.″

Kingman, 38, spent the past three seasons with the Oakland A’s, hitting 13 home runs in 21 games in the Kingdome.

In 144 games last season, he had 35 home runs with 94 RBI while hitting .210.

Kingman would cost the Mariners a second-round draft pick next June because he is a Class B player.

″I still think our need is more of an offensive outfielder, more than a DH, and I have some concerns about that,″ Balderson said.

″Not to short change Kingman’s production but if we could wish upon a star we’d prefer an offensive outfielder.″

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