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BASEBALL : DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES

General Manager Larry Doughty of the Pittsburgh Pirates said if it was up to him, he’d whip out the Pirate checkbook and start signing key players Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke and Doug Drabek to long term deals.

The Pirate purse strings are controlled by chairman of the board Doug Danforth, club president Carl Barger and the team’s board of directors. Doughty has talked with Barger about the matter.

“We discussed our approach on the matter of negotiating long-term contracts,” Doughty said. “He was receptive to what I had to say.”

Bonilla and Van Slyke can file for free agency following the 1991 season. Drabek and Bonds are eligible the year after that.

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