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Angels, Salmon Agree to Contract

March 23, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ Anaheim Angels outfielder Tim Salmon, who has hit a team-record 230 career homers, agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract extension Thursday.

Salmon gets a $2 million signing bonus and yearly salaries of $9.25 million in 2002, $9.5 million each in 2003 and 2004 and $9.75 million in 2005. He is making $6 million in 2001, the final season of a $22.5 million, four-year deal.

The 32-year-old Salmon hit .290 with 34 home runs, 97 RBIs and 108 runs scored last year. He had been signed through the end of this season.

``Ultimately, what this means to me is something I’ve felt all along, that there’s an importance in being with one organization during your whole career,″ Salmon said. ``We’ve established roots in Orange County and made a lot of friends along the way.

``The California Angels, and now the Anaheim Angels, have become part of our family and we weren’t ready to sever those ties. I’ve always felt the fans were appreciative of my efforts through the years. At the same time, I’ve been appreciative of their support. I know how badly they want to win and they know that of me.″

Salmon was one of four Angels to hit 30 or more homers in the same season last year, the first time an AL team has accomplished such a feat. Others were Troy Glaus (47), Mo Vaughn (36) and Garret Anderson (35).

Earlier this month, Glaus signed a four-year contract worth $22 million.

Salmon has a lifetime batting average of .291 with 231 doubles, 16 triples, and 757 RBIs in 1,113 major league games. He is the only Angels player to be selected AL Rookie of the Year, winning the award in 1993 when he hit .283 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs.

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