BASEBALL Arbitration Cases -- LHP Ted Higueras (1987 salary $335,000): asks $1.25 million, Brewers offer $900,000. RHP Orel Hershiser ($800,000): asks $1.25 million, Dodgers offer $950,000. 2B Juan Samuel ($660,000): asks $1.175 million, Phillies offer $900,000. OF Kevin McReynolds asks $1.15 million; Mets offer $870,000. OF Eric Davis ($300,000): asks $1.05 million, Reds offer $775,000. RHP Bret Saberhagen ($740,000): asks $1.2 million; Royals offer $950,000. C Lance Parrish ($800,000): asks $1.4 million; Phillies offer $1 million. SS Julio Franco ($775,000): asks $1.25 million; Indians offer $900,000. RHP Roger McDowell asks $800,000; Mets offer $555,000. IF Howard Johnson ($297,500): asks $775,000; Mets offer $625,000. 2B Tim Teufel asks $615,000; Mets bid $477,500. LHP Sid Fernandez asks $597,000; Mets bid $558,000. OF Rob Deer ($225,000): asks $585,000; Brewers bid $400,000. C Bill Schroeder ($185,000): asks $415,000; Brewers bid $350,000. Arbitration Averted -- Cardinals: OF Willie McGee ($765,000 last year), accepts three-year, $4.1 million contract. Brewers: 1B Greg Brock ($405,000) accepts two-year, $1.3 million deal. Athletics: LHP Curt Young. Royals: RHP Steve Farr. Yankees: RHP Cecilio Guante. Boston Red Sox -- Signed free-agent RHP Mike Smithson (4-7, 5.94 with Minnesota in 1987) to a minor league contract, with chance to make AL roster. Chicago White Sox -- Agreed to terms with C Mark Salas. Cleveland Indians -- Signed free agents RHP Greg Harris (5-10, 4.86 for Texas in 1987) and OF John Moses (.246, 38 RBI for Seattle). Milwaukee Brewers -- Signed free agents C Ronn Reynolds, OF Jim Adduci as nonroster players. Pittsburgh Pirates -- Signed holdover IF Rafael Belliard. Texas Rangers -- Signed OF Steve Kemp, AAA contract.

FOOTBALL New York Jets -- Hired Wally Chambers (Temple U. staffer) as defensive line coach; moved DL coach Ray Callahan to special assistant, Mike Faulkner to DB coach,

BASKETBALL San Antonio Spurs -- Split up general manager position, naming current GM Bob Bass vice president/basketball operations and bringing in a business manager.

TRACK AND FIELD The Athletics Congress -- Received 1976 and '84 Olympic 400-meter hurdles champion Edwin Moses' entry for U.S. Olympic trials, July 15-23 in Indianapolis.