The New York Yankees have renewed first baseman Don Mattingly's contract at $325,000 after the club failed to negotiate a deal with Mattingly and his agent.
Mattingly, who led the American League in batting last season with a .343 average, had been looking for either a one-year deal worth about $700,000 or a long-term contract. The surprise decision left Mattingly bitter toward Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
"I can live with the $325,000," Mattingly, slowed this spring after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee, said yesterday. "That's not the issue. The thing that bothers me is the way it happened. George and my agent (Jim Krivacs) are talking all year long and then suddenly a couple of weeks ago we can't get a meeting with him. Then he turns the negotiations over to (vice president of baseball administration) Woody Woodward.
"It's as if he had no respect for me at all. It's become a personal thing with me now."
Under terms of the renewal, Mattingly will earn a base salary of $325,000 for 1985 with incentives that could bring it up to $455,000. Last season he made $130,000, but added incentives pushed his total salary up to $325,000.
Next season, Mattingly, who is entering his third year, will be eligible for arbitration. Last season he hit 23 homers with 110 RBI.
Orioles: Dan Ford had four hits and drove in two runs as Baltimore beat the New York Yankees, 5-2, in an exhibition game in Miami.
The victory was the second straight for the Orioles over the Yankees, who lost their third in a row.
Ken Dixon, who didn't allow a run through the middle three innings, was the winning pitcher. Clay Christiansen gave up three runs in the only inning he worked and was charged with the loss.
The Orioles scored three times in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Gary Roenicke homered off Dale Murray in the eighth inning for the Orioles' final run.
Braves: Brad Komminsk had three hits and drove in two runs to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.
Expos: In West Palm Beach, Fla., Max Venable greeted reliever Scott Anderson with a bases-loaded triple during a 10-run eighth inning that sent Montreal past the Texas Rangers, 11-8. Nine of the 10 runs in the inning were unearned.
Tigers: Walt Terrell made his first appearance in a Detroit uniform a winning one, pitching three innings in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in Lakeland, Fla.
Reds: In Vero Beach, Fla., Dave Concepcion and Eddie Milner each drove in two runs as Cincinnati defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2. Loser Fernando Valenzuela gave up three runs in the first inning.
Twins: Tom Brunansky tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, then broke a tie with an RBI single in a two-run 10th inning, helping a Minnesota split squad to a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Winter Haven, Fla.
White Sox: In Fort Myers, Fla., Joe DeSa and Roger Jensen combined to drive in five runs as Chicago defeated Kansas City, 7-4. Bart Johnson, making his first major league appearance since 1977, pitched two scoreless innings for the White Sox. Johnson had been an advance scout for the White Sox and had not pitched competitively since 1980 in the Mexican League.
Blue Jays: Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer to complete a four-run, eighth-inning rally against reliever Ron Davis that gave Toronto a 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Dunedin, Fla. Gary Lavelle, a left-handed reliever the Blue Jays acquired from San Francisco, pitched two hitless innings to pick up the victory in his first spring appearance.
Cubs: Rookie Chico Walker and veteran Richie Hebner hit two-run home runs to lead Chicago to a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Sun City, Ariz.