The Orioles traded outfielder Phil Bradley to the Chicago White Sox for first baseman Ron Kittle, Orioles spokesman Bob Miller said early Monday in Baltimore.
Bradley, a 31-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder, was in the last year of his contract with the Orioles and was eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
Bradley, hitting .270 with 4 home runs and 26 RBIs, had expressed displeasure at the course of recent contract talks.
Miller said both players are expected to report to their new teams in time for Monday night's games. Bradley, 31, didn't play Sunday in Kansas City, but had gone nine for 20 with four RBI in his last four games.
Bradley had called an Orioles offer last week "a humiliation." The club's offer was a one-year deal for $1.3 million with the club holding an option on a second year.
Bradley later said it was the length of the contract, and not necessarily the money, that was "humiliating."
After the Orioles' victory over Kansas City Friday night, Bradley admitted the contract dispute takes some of the fun out of the game.
"I've got a job to do," he said. "I'd like to sit here and tell you I'm enjoying every day, but I have a job to do." . . .
Ripken Starts Over
Cal Ripken's latest errorless streak is up to two games.
The Orioles' shortstop had his major league record streaks of 95 games and 431 chances snapped in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, when he misplayed a grounder by Jeff Schulz in the fifth inning.
But he went errorless in the second game and again yesterday.
Ripken, 29, said the end of the streaks doesn't mean he is going to play any differently.
"During the time when the streak was mounting, I never had time to think about it because we were playing a new game every day, and my focus had to be on the game," he said.
"And now that it's over, same thing happens -- we have a new game tomorrow. And there's no time to think about it. Maybe at the end of the season, I'll look back and say, 'I wish I had made that play.' But right now I don't have time for that." . . .
Saturday's doubleheader took 6 hours 3 minutes, the longest ever at Royals Stadium. And that's not counting the three rain delays totaling 1 hour 58 minutes. . . .
The Royals' George Brett had two more doubles Saturday, placing him in a tie for 12th place all-time with Rogers Hornsby with 541.
When asked last week about catching the Hall-of-Famer, Brett said he was pleased because Hornsby "is the only baseball player I know of that had a band named after him."
No, George, that's BRUCE Hornsby and the Range.