DETROIT, JULY 25 -- Baltimore Orioles outfielder Phil Bradley, at the end of his two-year contract, said today that the club's offer of $1.3 million for next year is not good enough and that he will not return.
"I have no intention of coming back here," he said.
He is making $1.15 million this year. The club's offer was a one-year contract for $1.3 million and a $100,000 signing bonus, with the club holding an option on a second year.
"I don't call that an offer at all," he said. "I call that a humiliation."
Orioles President Larry Lucchino, reached in Baltimore, said: "We respect Phil Bradley . . . but we will not be drawn in to any public debate about the matter."
Bradley, 31, said he wants a three-year deal.
"I told them if they didn't come in here with a three-year offer then they shouldn't even bother," said Bradley, batting .263 with 21 RBI. "I didn't say it to see what kind of reaction they would make. I don't deal that way."
Outfielder Brad Komminsk, designated for assignment (essentially, placed on waivers) when Brady Anderson came off the diabled list Friday, was not claimed by today.
That means he must report to Class AAA Rochester within three days. He indicated last week that he would take the demotion if no other major league team claimed him.
The club said today that he will report Thursday to Rochester, but he could not be reached for comment.
Heath Sits Out
Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson held catcher Mike Heath out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row since Heath's violent outburst against umpire John Hirschbeck Monday night.
Hirschbeck ejected Heath when he thought Heath implied that he would purposely let a pitch go by to hit Hirschbeck.
Anderson had said he would not start Heath again until Hirschbeck left town. "There's no use inciting anything," said Anderson.
Heath was ejected when he said, "I sure hope I don't get crossed up," and Hirschbeck interpreted it as being a threat. Heath admitted he said it, but claimed Hirschbeck misunderstood his meaning.
Heath is awaiting word on whether he will be fined or suspended by the league office. . . .
Ben McDonald (1-0, 0.48 ERA) will make his second major league start, Friday night in Kansas City. He pitched a four-hit shutout against the White Sox Saturday.