Andre Dawson and the Chicago Cubs will know by the end of the weekend whether Dawson will become the highest paid player in team -- and arbitration -- history after a four-hour salary arbitration hearing yesterday.
The highest arbitration salary ever awarded is the $1,975,000 given to Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees last year.
Despite what the Cubs insisted was a last-minute effort to negotiate a new contract, the 1987 National League most valuable player went to arbitration on a one-year contract.
"I'm not frustrated; I'm just tired," Dawson said. "It's been a long two weeks."
Dawson will either get the $2 million he and his agent, Dick Moss, are seeking or the reported $1.85 million the Cubs had offered. The hearing was before arbitrator Stephen Goldberg, a law professor at Northwestern University.
Thursday, the Cubs offered a two-year $3.7 million contract, although the second year would not be guaranteed unless Dawson was healthy for most of this season. Don Grenesko, the Cubs vice president who is negotiating for the team, has refused Dawson's request for a three- or four-year contract. Dawson made $700,000 last season, including $200,000 in bonuses.
In other cases, Phillies second baseman Juan Samuel settled for $1,060,000 and Indians center fielder Joe Carter agreed to $840,000.
Samuel, who batted .272 last season with 28 homers and 100 runs batted in, had asked for $1,175,000; Philadelphia had offered $900,000. Last season he made $660,000.
Carter (.264, 32 home runs, 106 RBI, 31 stolen bases) had asked for $925,000; Cleveland had offered $750,000.
Also, Charles Hudson agreed to a one-year contract with the Yankees for $450,000 plus $30,000 in incentives; Kevin Bass agreed to a two-year contract with the Houston Astros; Will Clark and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a one-year deal, and Pat Sheridan agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers . . .
The San Diego Padres traded reliever Rich (Goose) Gossage to the Cubs as part of a four-player swap that brought third baseman/outfielder Keith Moreland to San Diego.
San Diego also sent minor league pitcher Ray Hayward to Chicago and the Cubs gave up minor league shortstop Mike Brumley.