Dwight Gooden, the National League's 1985 Cy Young Award pitcher, agreed yesterday to a $1.32 million contract with the New York Mets for the upcoming season. It has no incentive or drug-testing clauses.
The right-hander, 21, was scheduled for salary arbitration next Tuesday. He had asked for $1.5 million; the Mets offered $1.1 million. Gooden received $400,000 last season.
"I think it means a great deal to both parties not to go that far (to arbitration)," Gooden said during a conference call from his home in Tampa, Fla. "I never thought it would go that far." He said he'll go for a long-term contract next year . . .
The St. Louis Cardinals reported that John Tudor, runner-up to Gooden in the NL Cy Young voting, is close to signing a long-term contract.
"They made an offer for three years John couldn't refuse," said Steve Freyer, the left-hander's agent. "He's not going to have to worry about a whole lot of things." Reportedly, he'll take about $1.1 million a year . . .
And the 1985 American League Cy Young winner, Bret Saberhagen, won his arbitration case. Saberhagen, who made $160,000 last season, was awarded a salary of $925,000. The Kansas City Royals had offered $625,000 . . .
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Bill Madlock, mentioned in testimony last year as having dispensed amphetamines, has been cleared by Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth.
The decision was the first Ueberroth made following interviews with players who testified or whose names came up in Pittsburgh drug trials last year.
Chuck Adams, director of information for major league baseball, said Ueberroth had concluded his interviews yesterday and although he is now reviewing the information, "he has resolved one case and determined that Bill Madlock was not involved in any wrongdoing and would not be subject to any discipline."
In a statement, Ueberroth said, "Bill Madlock's reputation on and off the field is above reproach. I am appreciative of his willing and sincere cooperation during what must have been a difficult time for him."
Dale Berra, now with the New York Yankees, testified last summer that he obtained amphetamines from Madlock and Willie Stargell while all three played for the Pittsburgh Pirates . . .
Billy Martin, four-time manager of the New York Yankees, has been introduced as part of the team's television broadcasting crew in 1986, doing pregame commentary and reviewing postgame highlights.
Also joining the WPIX telecasting team of Phil Rizzuto, Bill White and Martin is former pitcher Jim Kaat, the Cincinnati Reds' pitching coach the past two seasons.
"I won't be second-guessing in the booth like people think I will," said Martin. "I'll be first-guessing. I'll try and let the viewers know what's going to happen before it happens."