Reggie Jackson bargained with the California Angels, but there was no indication what the Angels were offering. Team President Buzzie Bavasi said he had gotten word from associates of George Steinbrenner that the Yankees' owner "is not really interested" in Jackson.
Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner also is trying to woo Jackson, as are the Baltimore Orioles. Jackson said he does not have an asking price, just wants "to get what's commensurate with the upper crust."
Elsewhere, George Foster, Cincinnati's power-hitting outfielder, has been offered a multiyear contract extension believed worth about $1 million annually. Agent Tom Reich said Foster would make a counter offer soon. Foster is eligible for free agency at the end of next season . . .
The city of Cincinnati filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against the Reds in connection with the players' strike last summer. The city owns Riverfront Stadium and leases it to the team. The lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, maintains the lease agreement obligated the Reds to pay rent for the entire season, including the 24 games canceled by the strike . . .
Outfielder Tony Armas and pitcher Steve McCatty, two of Oakland's top performers last season, have signed with the AL League Western Division champions. Both contracts are for four years, followed by two option years . . . Cleveland said it has signed free agent pitcher Rick Waits to a new three-year contract. Waits, third winningest left-hander in Indians history, tried his luck in the free-agent draft this winter but didn't find offers as high as he had hoped . . . Free agent first baseman Lamar Johnson signed a contract, guaranteed for three years, with the Texas Rangers. Johnson had played out his option with the Chicago White Sox . . . Tom Poquette, drafted by Kansas City nearly a dozen years ago, signed a one-year deal with the Royals, who traded the outfielder to Boston in 1979. He spent 1980 on the disabled list, played last season with Texas, then became a free agent.
Lance Nichols, manager of the Orioles' Bluefield, W. Va., farm team last season, will manage Baltimore's International League club in Rochester, N.Y., this season.