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Royals Sign Bo Jackson for Roughly $600,000

From Associated Press

Kansas City Royals announced the signing of outfielder Bo Jackson to a one-year contract worth between $585,000 and $700,000, according to published reports.

Richard Woods, Jackson’s attorney, said Jackson plans to continue playing football with the Los Angeles Raiders.

The Kansas City Times reported that Jackson would receive about $600,000 from the Royals with award incentives worth about $125,000. His contract was expected to be filed with the Major League Baseball Players Assn. today.

The Topeka Capital-Journal said sources told it that Jackson, 28, had agreed to $585,000 plus incentive bonuses for the 1989 season.

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Woods said Jackson’s contract was the most lucrative contract paid to a two-year player since arbitration rights were modified in 1985, requiring a player to have three years of major league service instead of two.

Jackson’s three-year contract that paid him $1.06 million ran out at the end of last season.

“Bo’s very happy,” Woods said. “And now that the deer-hunting season’s over, well, he’s really getting antsy.”

Jackson, the former Heisman Trophy winner, hit .246 with 25 homers and 68 RBIs last year, his third year in baseball.

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Jackson signed with the Royals in 1986 after turning down a reported $5 million offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. His contract with the Royals called for payments totaling $1.06 million over three years. In 1987 he signed a five-year deal worth a reported $2.5 million with the Los Angeles Raiders to play football at the close of each baseball season.

No two-year player ineligible for arbitration has ever been paid more than $330,000.

Jackson has two years and 35 days of major league service.


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