SAN DIEGO — In preliminary talks, the Padres have told first baseman Steve Garvey that they are not prepared to simply offer him a "big-money contract," but would be willing to invite him to the 1988 spring training camp on a make-good basis.
At Padre President Charles (Chub) Feeney's request, he and Garvey met Monday for the first time. Garvey, in the final year of a five-year, $1.45-million-per-year contract, is out for the season after May 30 biceps tendon surgery on his left shoulder. Feeney was named Padre president June 10.
"I asked Steve what his plans were, and he said he'd like to play again," Feeney said. "But he won't have played for a year. I have no doubt he'll be ready, but until I see him play, I'm not ready to sign him to a big-money contract.
"I told him he could come to spring training and see what happens. We have to see him play."
Feeney said he would evaluate the situation again in early September. Garvey said he's looking forward to the September meeting.
"It's their organizational policy not to wait until they are through with the season to make these kinds of decisions," Garvey said. "Under the circumstances, it's justified. By then, doctors can better tell management of my progress. I know I can play again. My rehabilitation is coming along ahead of schedule. Hopefully, we can show them something.