MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The agent for Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke planned to make another proposal to the team today after setting Feb. 20 as a deadline for getting the star a new contract, according to a published report.
Agent Ron Simon wants an extension for Radke, who is scheduled to make $3.5 million this season in the final year of his contract. It's believed Simon is seeking a deal of around $8 million a year for three or four years, the Star Tribune reported today.
''I'm going to try to submit a proposal to (Twins general manager) Terry Ryan on Monday,'' Simon told the newspaper. ''It will be very specific and we'll see if something can be done. I think we are getting at the end of the line.''
The deadline coincides with the date Twins pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training.
Ryan said he was confident that if the sides are close entering spring training, he would have time to tie up loose ends. One of the early offers was for $15 million over three years, with an option year. The club has reportedly increased its offer to $6 million a season, the Star Tribune reported.
''The sooner you get something consummated, the better idea you have of where you are going,'' Ryan said.
Radke was 12-14 with a 3.75 ERA last season, pitching 218 2/3 innings. His best season came in 1997, when he was 20-10 with a 3.87 ERA.
An $8 million annual salary for Radke would represent 47 percent of the Twins scheduled $17 million payroll for 2000.
Ultimately, Ryan is doing the bidding of owner Carl Pohlad, who has tried to reduce the payroll in recent years. ''Terry and I can talk all day,'' Simon said, ''but it doesn't matter without Pohlad's approval.''
If Radke is not re-signed, a trade is likely.
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