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Galarraga Re-Signs With Rockies

January 23, 1996

DENVER (AP) _ The Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration and agreed to a contract with Andres Galarraga, making the star first baseman the team’s highest-paid player.

The Rockies and Galarraga agreed to a reported $4.5 million for 1996, splitting the difference between the $4.7 million sought by Galarraga and the $4.3 million offered by the club. The salary tops the team’s $4.3 million deal for 1996 with pitcher Bret Saberhagen.

Galarraga, who led the National League with a .370 average in 1993, hit .280 last season with 31 homers and 106 RBIs.

While the Rockies’ other arbitration-eligible players, Eric Young and John Vander Wal, remain unsigned, the team also reached agreements with pitchers Garvin Alston, John Burke, Michael DeJean, Bobby Jones, Bryan Rekar, Mark Thompson, John Thomson and Jacob Viano and outfielder Terry Jones.

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