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Royals Sign Mark Davis to $13-Million Contract

December 12, 1989|BOB NIGHTENGALE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"We're going to miss him very much because there's nobody like him. You just don't find that kind of reliever with that kind of stuff, and you certainly don't see those overpowering relievers in the American League.

"He'll be just as successful over there as he was here. You'll see. He'll be in the All-Star game for the next four years."

Davis becomes the first big free-agent signing in the Royals' 20-year history. They've gone after Catfish Hunter, Pete Rose, Tommy John and Rick Sutcliffe, but always wound up just hiking the bidding for someone else.

This time, after four years of not attempting to lure high-priced free agents, they got the man that they believe will bring another World Series title to America's heartland.

"We won a lot of division titles and a few championships with Dan Quisenberry as our stopper," Schuerholz said, "and we came to the realization that we had to have someone in that role to return to championship caliber. We had to make some moves. With the A's and Angels in our division, we couldn't afford to mark time."

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