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Marshall Agrees to Contract : Boggs, Valenzuela Top Major League Arbitration List

January 21, 1986|GORDON EDES | Times Staff Writer

The Dodgers have come to contract terms with outfielder Mike Marshall, but six other players submitted salary proposals for arbitration Monday, topped by Fernando Valenzuela's request for $1.7 million and Orel Hershiser's bid for $1 million.

Four members of the Angels also submitted figures, although for considerably less money than is being sought by the two Dodger pitchers. Valenzuela's bid was exceeded by only one big-league player, American League batting champion Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox, who submitted a proposal for $1.85 million.

The Dodgers and Angels, in compliance with arbitration procedures, submitted their own salary figures. During hearings scheduled to take place between Feb. 1 and 20, an arbitrator will choose between the figures submitted by both sides. Negotiations between a player and his club are allowed to continue until the time of the hearing.

Although the Dodgers negotiated a one-year contract with Marshall for $650,000, a raise of more than $300,000 from the $333,000 he was paid in 1985, they remained far apart from their left-right pitching combination. Their offer of $1.35 million to Valenzuela represented a raise of $150,000 for the left-hander, but still fell $350,000 short of the figure submitted by Tony DeMarco, agent for the left-hander.

And their offer of $600,000 to Hershiser, while almost tripling the right-hander's 1985 salary of $212,000, left a $400,000 gap from the figure sought by Robert Fraley, Hershiser's agent, whom one source described as shocked by the Dodger offer.

Among other Dodgers submitting figures were catcher Mike Scioscia, who is asking for $825,000 and was offered $650,000 after being paid $435,000 last season; first baseman Greg Brock, who is asking for $440,000 and was offered $325,000 after making $150,000; and newcomer Ed Vande Berg, a left-handed relief pitcher who is seeking $500,000 and was offered $425,000 after making slightly more than $300,000 from the Seattle Mariners last season.

Infielder Dave Anderson, who made $140,000 last season, also submitted a salary proposal, although that figure was unavailable. Like Hershiser, Anderson is represented by Fraley.

The four Angels, with their 1985 salaries in parentheses, eligible for arbitration are:

--Pitcher Ron Romanick ($140,000), who submitted a bid for $425,000 to the Angels' $250,000;

--Shortstop Dick Schofield ($120,000), a bid for $220,000 to the Angels' $175,000;

--Outfielder Gary Pettis ($120,000), a bid for $425,000 to the Angels' $300,000;

--Utilityman Rufino Linares ($60,000), a bid for $150,000 to the Angels' $62,000.

Until this season, the largest arbitration award was the $1.2 million given last season to Montreal outfielder Tim Raines, who like Valenzuela is seeking $1.7 million in 1986. The Expos' counter-offer was $1.3 million.

Other players seeking at least $1 million included Met pitcher Dwight Gooden, the National League Cy Young Award winner, who is asking $1.5 million against the Mets' figure of $1.1 million; Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly, the American League's most valuable player, who came in at $1.5 million to the Yankees' $1.25 million; St. Louis pitcher John Tudor, $1.2 million, $900,000; and Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, $1 million, $650,000.

Hershiser, who went 19-3 last season, is seeking more than Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen, the American League Cy Young Award winner. Saberhagen's agent, Dennis Gilbert, submitted a proposal of $925,000, while the Royals countered with $625,000. Hershiser's $1 million proposal would match the arbitration award given Valenzuela at a similar point in his career.

"We're in pretty good shape with the numbers we've submitted--they're fair to generous," Dodger Vice President Al Campanis said. "We're pleased with the way things have come out."

Last year, 97 players filed for arbitration, but as was the case with Marshall this year, 84 signed before their hearing date.

Marshall becomes the third returning player to agree to terms with the Dodgers this winter. But unlike pitcher Carlos Diaz and infielder-outfielder Len Matuszek, Marshall refused to allow the Dodgers to include a drug-testing clause in his contract.

Last year, Marshall signed a contract that included a drug-testing clause, which later was stricken from the contract after it was challenged by the Major League Players Assn.

Since then, however, major league owners terminated the Joint Drug Agreement with the players union, and most teams have been routinely including drug-testing clauses in their new contracts. In fact, the Major League Player Relations Committee has recommended that teams refuse to guarantee multi-year contracts without a drug-testing clause.

The Dodgers requested that Marshall, through agent Jerry Kapstein, agree to such a clause, but he refused.

"I said no to the drug clause because I feel that any agreement I would make having to do with a drug clause would have to be approved by the players' association, and it isn't that way now," Marshall said.

"I don't have anything to hide, but my feeling is, what's a union for? I can't speak for any other players, I'm not saying another player is right or wrong, it's just my personal opinion."

The Dodgers are expected to call a press conference Wednesday to announce Marshall's signing. Campanis would not confirm Monday night that Marshall was about to sign, only saying that the sides were "very, very close." Asked if the drug-clause issue could delay the signing, Campanis said: "I'm not privy to tell you anything more about what the situation is."

Staff writer Ross Newhan contributed to this story.

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