DENVER (AP) _ Mike Lansing, the Colorado Rockies’ new second baseman, is guaranteed $23.25 million under his new four-year contract.
Lansing, obtained from the Expos on Nov. 18 for minor league pitchers Jake Westbrook and John Nicholson and outfielder Mark Hamlin, gets a $1 million signing bonus under the deal agreed to Friday night. Lansing gets $3.5 million in 1998, $5.5 million in 1999 and $6 million in each of the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Colorado has an option for 2002 at $6 million and must pay a $1.25 million buyout if it’s not exercised.
Lansing, 29, hit .281 last season with 20 homers and 70 RBIs. He made $2.7 million, and the cost-conscious Expos didn’t want to pay his 1998 salary, which would have increased considerably in salary arbitration.