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Tigers Sign Florie, Four Others

January 20, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Tigers avoided salary arbitration by agreeing Tuesday to a $1.3 million, one-year contract with pitcher Bryce Florie.

Florie, a right-hander, was 8-9 with a 4.80 ERA last season and made $600,000. He started a career-high 16 games.

Center fielder Brian Hunter, the only Tiger remaining in arbitration, asked for $2.75 million and was offered $1.75 million. The Detroit News reported Tuesday that the Tigers had offered Hunter a two-year contract worth more than $4 million.

Also on Tuesday, Detroit agreed to one-year contract with pitchers Dave Borkowski, Will Brunson, Francisco Cordero and Matt Drews.

Borkowski pitched last season for Double-A Jacksonville, where he led the Southern League with 16 wins. He went 16-7 with a 4.63 ERA in 28 starts.

Brunson, signed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 6, appeared in eight games with the Tigers last season. He allowed no runs in three innings.

Cordero was sidelined for much of 1998 with a stress fracture of his right elbow. He pitched for Jacksonville and for Class-A Lakeland, where he was 1-1 with eight saves and a 4.86 ERA. Drews was 5-17 with a 6.57 ERA for Triple-A Toledo.

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