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.