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Expos sign Alou through '94 season

Felipe Alou, who guided the Montreal Expos to one of baseball's best turnarounds, was rewarded Monday with a contract through the 1994 season.

The Expos, who finished a surprising second to Pittsburgh in the NL East, said both sides will continue working on a multiyear deal that would keep Alou in the organization beyond his managerial days.

Financial details were not divulged, but Alou remarked, "I'm not a million-dollar man; I'm a lot lower than that. I just wanted security for my family."

General manager Dan Duquette said Alou may manage beyond the two years.

"With the multiyear contract, we want to ensure Felipe's stability in the organization," Duquette said, adding that rehiring Alou was the first order of business in "our goal to go from contender to champion."

It was Duquette who convinced a reluctant Alou to assume the manager's job last May 22, replacing Tom Runnells. The Expos were 17-20 and floundering in fifth place.

Under Alou, a 16-year employee in the Montreal organization, the Expos ended the season 87-75, a 16-win improvement from last season when they finished in last place.

Around the majors

Mets: The club exercised contract options on pitcher Sid Fernandez and infielder-outfielder Howard Johnson. Each player will earn $2.1-million in 1993. Two more players also had surgery: pitcher Anthony Young (left shoulder, left knee) and catcher Mackey Sasser, (right ankle).

In related news, the team used full-page advertisements in the New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times and New York Newsday to apologize for its first 90-loss season since 1983.

Tigers: Bo Schembechler, fired as president of the Detroit Tigers shortly before Tom Monaghan sold the team, filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Domino's Pizza Inc. owner.

Padres: Rightfielder Tony Gwynn underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will immediately begin rehabilitation.

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