Brewers, Hammond Agree to 3-Yr Deal
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jeffrey Hammonds, whose .335 average was the fourth-highest in the National League last season, agreed Friday to a $21.75 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
``Jeffrey adds a new dimension to our ballclub,″ Brewers general manager Dean Taylor said. ``He will become a key part of our offense as well as improve our defense.″
Hammonds, 29, hit 20 home runs this year for the Colorado Rockies, drove in a career-high 106 runs and set career highs with a .529 slugging percentage and a .395 on-base percentage.
He played all three outfield positions and had a .991 fielding percentage with a career high of eight assists.
Hammonds, who has also played for the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds, has a .282 career batting average.
He gets a $1.5 million signing bonus and salaries of $6 million in 2001, $7 million in 2002 and $7.25 million in 2003. He can earn an additional $750,000 in performance bonuses _ $150,000 each for 400, 450, 500, 550 and 600 plate appearances _ and any bonuses earned also would be added to the base salaries in the remaining years of the contract.
Each bonus coach be earned only once. That means if he has 600 plate appearances in each season, he would earn $24 million over three years.
Earlier this week, the Brewers agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract with infielder Tyler Houston.
As part of the contract, Hammonds will make contribution to Brewers Charities Inc., which serves youths and the underprivileged.