Ponson settles with Orioles
Former Baltimore right-hander filed grievance over contract
Free-agent pitcher Sidney Ponson recently settled with the Orioles over a grievance after being released by the club in 2005, according to a report by The Associated Press.Ponson had one season left on a three-year deal that would have paid him $10 million in 2006, before he was released by the club as Orioles owner Peter Angelos contended the contract was void because of Ponson's conduct and problems with alcohol. Ponson asserted that the Orioles owed him $10.1 million, but the amount of the settlement reached on Dec. 17 was subject to a confidentiality agreement, Ponson's agent, Barry Praver, told the AP. However, a report by FOXSports.com said that Ponson received nearly all of the money he was seeking and that the Orioles also paid for it with luxury tax dollars. The right-hander pitched for The Netherlands in this year's World Baseball Classic and allowed four earned runs and seven hits in nine innings against Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. The 32-year-old is currently a free agent, and he is looking to sign with a Major League team.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.