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Stubbs, Dodgers Agree to One-Year, $450,000 Deal

February 01, 1990|BILL PLASCHKE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Franklin Stubbs, while not dropping his informal request to be traded, agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers for $450,000 Wednesday.

In granting Stubbs a 30% raise over last season's salary, the Dodgers avoided an arbitration hearing by compromising between Stubbs' demand of $495,000 and the team's offer of $400,000.

"This does not change Franklin's desires to be moved," said Jim Turner, agent for the first baseman-outfielder. "But this was a fine deal. And it appears the Dodgers are finally making an effort to trade him."

Fred Claire, Dodger vice president, has said it will be difficult to trade Stubbs before spring training, since he is coming off a serious knee injury suffered last August. In 69 games last year, Stubbs batted .291, but because the Dodgers have Eddie Murray at first base and an overstocked outfield, he will have little chance of becoming a regular.

The Dodgers have one remaining potential arbitration case, involving Kal Daniels, who is seeking $700,000 while the Dodgers are offering $550,000. Sources say the Dodgers are unwilling to increase their offer, which is already a considerable raise above Daniels' $325,000 salary of last season. The team cites that because of injuries, Daniels played in only 66 games for the Dodgers and his former team, the Cincinnati Reds.

A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 15 in Los Angeles.

Bob McClure's arbitration hearing with the Angels, originally scheduled for Sunday, was rescheduled for Friday at the request of agent Alan Meersand.

McClure, 36, was 6-1 last season with a career-low 1.55 earned-run average. McClure earned $200,000 in 1989 and filed for a 1990 salary of $880,000. The Angels offered $650,000.

Times staff writer Helene Elliott contributed to this story.

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