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McDowell, Angels Agree to Contract

February 26, 1998

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jack McDowell, sidelined most of last season with an elbow injury, plans to report to the Anheim Angels training camp in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.

McDowell, who pitched for Cleveland before undergoing surgery on his right elbow May 20, was expected to miss about a month, but sat out all of 1997. The Indians later declined to exercise his $4.8 million option for this season.

McDowell, 3-3 with a 5.09 ERA in eight games with the Indians last year, said he was eager to get back on the mound.

``They’ve got a great young team, a great group of guys, it’s just a good situation for me,″ McDowell said Wednesday. ``You look around at people who have a need for something and where you can fit in, where you have a chance to win and the Angels fit as well as anybody.″

McDowell and Angels general manager Bill Bavasi dismissed concerns about his health.

``I really don’t think my value as far as being a workhorse has dropped, and my health isn’t an issue at all,″ McDowell said.

The right-hander worked out for Angels scouts several weeks ago to allay concerns about his arm.

McDowell won the AL Cy Young Award with Chicago, going 22-10 with a 3.37 ERA in 1993 _ his third consecutive 250-inning season. After a stint with the New York Yankees in 1995, McDowell had the worst season of his career for Cleveland in 1996 with a 13-9 record and 5.11 ERA, then struggled early in 1997 and was demoted to the bullpen.

``He’s one of those guys in baseball you would call a warrior,″ Bavasi said. ``Getting one of those guys on our club is important to us. It’s a big lift in our clubhouse. We’re just that much better.″

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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