Tom Browning stayed home, Danny Jackson didn't, Mike Boddicker hopes he's found one. And the Detroit Tigers believe they've added a big hitter to their big Fielder.
The three free agent pitchers -- two from the World Series champion Cincinnati Reds -- signed contracts yesterday.
Browning stayed with the Reds for $12.48 million over four years, Jackson left Cincinnati for a four-year, $10.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs and Boddicker bid adieu to the AL East champion Boston Red Sox to sign with the Kansas City Royals for $9.25 million for three years.
Meanwhile, the Tigers, desperate for a power hitter to hit behind home run king Cecil Fielder, signed Milwaukee Brewers free agent Rob Deer to a three-year contract, financial terms of which were not released.
This is the second straight year the Royals have landed a big-name free agent pitcher, and they can only hope it works out better this time.
Last year they signed 1989 NL Cy Young Award winner Mark Davis away from San Diego, but he went 2-7 with six saves and a 5.11 ERA.
Royals General Manager Herk Robinson likened the signing to "getting back on the horse that threw you. We did not go into this with reckless abandon."
Boddicker, a nine-year veteran out of rural Iowa, said salary was not the major inducement.
"I turned down more lucrative offers, yes," the former Baltimore Oriole said. "Money was not the biggest issue. Contract was not the biggest issue. My family was the biggest issue. And a winning ballclub. This is a great town to raise a family."
Boddicker was 17-6 with a 3.36 ERA for the Red Sox. He is 5-1 lifetime with a 2.67 ERA in Royals Stadium. "I've just never had a bad game here," he said.
Browning was 15-9 with a 3.80 ERA last season for Cincinnati and won Game 3 of the Reds' World Series sweep of the Oakland A's.
He characterized contract negotiations as tough and said, "I'm glad we got things taken care of."
The length of the contract was a sore point: Browning said he wanted five years, the Reds said their policy is no more than three. They split the difference.
Jackson came off a shoulder injury to help the Reds down the stretch. He was 6-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 22 games. He was on the disabled list three times.
But in the postseason, Jackson, 28, made three starts and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 3 of the NL playoffs.
"Danny Jackson solidifies our starting pitching," Cubs President Don Grenesko said. "This also demonstrates our commitment to winning."
Deer, 30, who spent two years with the San Francisco Giants and the past five with the Brewers, has 148 career homers, with at least 23 in each of the last five years.
Deer, who had 27 home runs and 69 RBI this season, also holds the AL record for strikeouts in a season -- 186 in 1987. Fielder, who led the major leagues with 51 home runs last season, struck out 182 times.
Tigers General Manager Bill Lajoie said Deer likely will play right field.
"Rob Deer is one of our league's most consistent power hitters," Lajoie said in a release. "He's also an outstanding outfielder with a very strong and accurate arm."
In other free agent news, Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman has received a "very generous offer" from the New York Mets, his agent said.
Richie Bry would not disclose terms of the offer for Coleman, who hit .292 and won his sixth straight NL stolen base crown this season.
"We're also talking to other clubs, and it's not fair to the Cardinals to negotiate in the paper," Bry said.
The Cardinals have offered Coleman $7.5 million over three years and Bry said two teams besides the Mets have expressed interest. Bry and Cardinals General Manager Dal Maxvill have an agreement that the Cardinals will be alerted before Coleman makes a decision.
Bry said he would like to have Coleman signed by the end of the winter meetings, Dec. 1-5.
In news of other Cardinals free agents, the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees are interested in third baseman Terry Pendleton, and left-handed reliever Ken Dayley said he's received two three-year offers.
"The Atlanta situation could be a good one if they want to turn it around and spend the money," said Pendleton's agent, Jim Bronner. Pendleton made $1.85 million last season.
Dayley would not disclose the teams with which he is negotiating. He said he would like to strike a deal in the next week or two.