BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : Edmonds, Percival Agree to Four-Year Contracts

Center fielder Jim Edmonds and reliever Troy Percival on Thursday agreed in principle to four-year contracts, subject to the resolution of a few minor details and ownership approval.

The Edmonds deal, which will guarantee between $8 million and $10 million, includes an option for a fifth year, and the Percival deal, which will guarantee about $4 million, includes two option years.

First baseman J.T. Snow's three-year deal is complete and awaiting ownership approval.


Phil Leftwich is determined to prove he's the best candidate to be the Angels' fifth starter in the rotation. He knows it won't be easy.

Three spots in the Angels' starting rotation are set--left-handers Jim Abbott, Chuck Finley and Mark Langston. The fourth spot figures to go to right-hander Steve Ontiveros if he's sound after off-season elbow surgery.

A year after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, Leftwich said he's eager to show the Angels he's ready to pitch.

He didn't turn heads with his so-so performance against the San Francisco Giants at Tempe Diablo Stadium, giving up four hits and two runs in three innings, but said, "Physically, I feel tremendous."

Abbott pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three, and reliever Mark Eichhorn pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, earning a save in the Angels' 3-2 victory. The Angels are 7-0-1.


Center fielder Jim Edmonds hit a home run in his first at-bat, then grounded out twice. He has been retired only six times in 20 plate appearances this spring. . . . Third baseman Tim Wallach played after sitting out two games because of a strained calf and had a run-scoring double in second inning. . . . Tickets for individual regular-season games, including opening night April 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers, will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.

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