NEW YORK (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles finally made some moves on the free-agent market Tuesday, agreeing to a $28 million, four-year contract with first baseman David Segui and a $9.6 million, two-year deal with pitcher Pat Hentgen.
Jeff Bagwell, another first baseman, decided he would rather stay with Houston than become a free agent after next season, agreeing to an $85 million, five-year contract extension through 2006.
Bagwell's $17 million average salary matches Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado for the third-highest in baseball, trailing only Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez ($25.2 million) and Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez ($20 million).
On a busy day, right-hander John Burkett decided to stay with the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $1.75 million, one-year contract. Catcher Tom Prince agreed to a minor league contract with Minnesota that would pay him $400,000 if he makes the team.
That meant just over half of this year's free agents had signed, 69 of 136.
The 10 free agents who faced a midnight EST deadline to accept or reject salary arbitration offers from their former teams all said no thanks: designated hitter Harold Baines (Chicago White Sox), outfielder Bobby Bonilla (Atlanta), outfielder Juan Gonzalez (Detroit), second baseman Craig Grebeck (Toronto), right-hander Bobby J. Jones (New York Mets), first baseman Wally Joyner (Atlanta), right-hander Scott Kamieniecki (Atlanta), catcher Tom Lampkin (Seattle), infielder Dave Magadan (San Diego) and left-hander Scott Radinsky (St. Louis).
The players can negotiate with their former teams through Jan. 8. Of the 28 free agents offered salary arbitration last month, 18 already have signed.
Also, left-hander Norm Charlton came out of retirement, agreeing to a minor league contract with Seattle.
Charlton, 37, pitched in just two games last season, compiling a 27.00 ERA for Cincinnati. He would get a $500,000, one-year contract if he makes the Mariners' roster.
With the approach of Wednesday's deadline for teams to offer contracts to the unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, several players eligible for salary arbitration agreed to new contracts.
Outfielder Matt Stairs, traded to Chicago, agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the Cubs. Left-handed reliever Vic Darensbourg agreed to a $2.7 million, three-year contract with the Florida Marlins.
Outfielder Ruben Rivera agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres; infielder Enrique Wilson agreed to a $635,000, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates; and right-hander Jason Johnson agreed to a $350,000, one-year contract with the Orioles.
Hentgen, a 32-year-old right-hander, went 15-12 with a 4.72 ERA in 33 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals this year.
''It's funny how free agency works,'' Hentgen said. ''I never really thought the Orioles and I would fit, but it worked out. It's a comforting feeling knowing where I'll be the next two seasons.''
He won the AL Cy Young Award in 1996 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 20-10 with a 3.22 ERA.
''Just when everyone thought we were sleeping, we woke up,'' said Syd Thrift, the Orioles vice president of baseball operations.
Segui's contract was confirmed by a source familiar with the deal who spoke on the condition he not be identified and was expected to be announced Wednesday.
The 34-year-old first baseman, who returns to the team that gave him his start a decade ago, 34, hit .334 with 19 homers and 103 RBIs this year for Texas and Cleveland.
Bagwell, 32, hit .310 for the Astros this year with a career-high 47 homers, 132 RBIs and 152 runs, the most in the major leagues since Lou Gehrig's 167 in 1936.
''I couldn't imagine putting on another uniform,'' he said. ''When I finish, I'll have worn the uniform for 16 years and that's something I'm proud of. There's a ton of money out there but I'm happy with the money I got. They made it an easy decision.''
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